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Apply Now for Faculty of Color Working Group Inaugural Symposium

New England Humanities Consortium is thrilled to announce the Mellon-funded, Faculty of Color Working Group Symposium on May 10, 2019, at Wheaton College, in Norton, Massachusetts.

Funded by the Mellon Foundation and New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC), The recently formed Faculty of Color Working Group (FCWG) invites applications for a one-day, inaugural symposium at Wheaton College, MA, on May 10, 2019.

The climate of race, gender, sexuality, and class-based inhumanity in the United States and abroad disproportionately affects communities of color in their work lives, social relations, and health. In academe, despite the professional status achieved by people of color, these politics often play a significant role in their professional development opportunities (or lack thereof), job security, compensation, working environment, and health.

To respond to these issues and challenges, the Faculty of Color Working Group, part of the Mellon-funded New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC), currently invites applicants for the FCWG’s first symposium. We believe it will promote supportive professional networks and create cross-disciplinary mentorship opportunities.

This one-day symposium will feature multiple opportunities to participate in an array of interactive and networking sessions, including:

  1. Navigating Tenure and Promotion Processes
  2. Publishing Strategies including Public, Engaged, or Applied Scholarship
  3. Negotiating Institutional Politics
  4. Negotiating Demands Across the Academic Life Course
  5. Administrative Career Paths
  6. Networking and Mentoring Strategies
  7. Excellence in Teaching Practice

Confirmed Speakers include:

Courtney Berger Duke U Press
Crystal Williams Boston University
Pawan Dhingra Amherst College
Floyd Cheung Smith College
Renee White Wheaton College
Patricia Matthew Montclair State University

Please note that space will be limited to ensure a high level of interaction among all participants.


Symposium fellows will receive a $350 stipend to defray individual costs of travel. Lodging and most meals are provided. The symposium is open to faculty of all ranks.


Interested individuals should submit a brief letter of application outlining what the applicant hopes to gain by attending the workshop as well as a 2 to 3-page, abbreviated Curriculum Vitae.  Please submit your materials at: by April 2, 2019. To ensure proper receipt of your application you must put “FCWG SYMPOSIUM” in the subject line of your email. All fellows will be asked to complete a questionnaire relevant to planning the symposium and for identifying specific FCWG priorities moving forward. Please distribute this call widely to appropriate potential applicants and feel free to direct inquiries to Cathy Schlund-Vials ( and Melina Pappademos (

Day of NEHC-DH at UConn

Digital Humanities & Media Studies (DHMS) at the UConn Humanities Institute will be hosting the first “Day of NEHC-DH” on May 14 at UConn.

One aim of the meeting in May is to identify from each of the 11 member institutions at least one representative to serve as a core member of our initial NEHC-DH working group. Our long-term goal is to build on the NEHC’s existing strengths by developing a solid network of DH practitioners in New England and a shared digital repository featuring collaborative, interdisciplinary research and instruction.

More details and a schedule are forthcoming.

Touba Ghadessi at Wheaton

Touba Ghadessi, Associate Professor of Art History and Associate Provost at Wheaton College, will talk about her recently published book, Portraits of Human Monsters in the Renaissance: Dwarves, Hirsutes, and Castrati as Idealized Anatomical Anomalies. It focuses on the ways in which human difference has been historically represented, categorized, and interpreted in various Italian and French courts of the Renaissance.

The talk will be available for viewing via Livestream.

The event is also open to the public, in person, at in the Holman Room of Mary Lyon Hall at Wheaton College (calendar details).

Researchers at URI Seeking Collaborators

Researchers at the University of Rhode Island are seeking possible collaborators; these collaborations may apply for NEHC seed grant funding. They are particularly interested in the following topics:

  • How to change fish-eating habits
  • Connecting jazz and philosophy
  • Radiation and cover ups

Interested researchers at NEHC member institutions should contact Annu Palakunnathu Matthew at for more details.

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