Matthew Barlow has joined The LAVA Center as its new humanities coordinator.
This part-time position, funded by Mass Humanities, will enable the Main Street arts center to offer ongoing humanities programming rooted in the approach to story gathering and historical research that was introduced as part of the ECHO Greenfield (Exploring and Creating Histories Ourselves) project.
Barlow, who has lived in Greenfield for six years, has work experiences that include story gathering in Québec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Massachusetts, Alabama and Tennessee. He has worked as an historical researcher and analyst, a college and university professor, an historical consultant, author, and education and curriculum consultant.
“We were impressed not only with Matthew’s unimpeachable foundation in the academic aspects of the humanities, but also his expertise in oral history and story gathering, his expansive and inclusive view of how to develop LAVA humanities projects and programs, and his deep commitment to the Greenfield community,” Doug Selwyn, president of The LAVA Center’s board of directors and chair of the hiring committee, said in a statement.
“I am excited to join LAVA to further develop its already impressive humanities programming and work to develop that programming in deeper and wider directions,” Barlow said in a statement.