2023 Sidore Lecture Series

The Ethics of Encounter: Research, Communities, and Repair

Dunfey/Sidore Symposium 2023

A public event exploring ethical, collaborative, and reparative aspects of social scientists’
research and teaching and the curated and community spaces they inhabit. Free food and refreshments will be provided. To register and learn more, click here.

Hayes Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Humanities

UNH Center for the Humanities

UNH Center for the Humanities Seeking a distinguished visiting scholar

The University of New Hampshire’s Center for the Humanities seeks a distinguished visiting scholar to help reinvigorate the spirit and purpose of the James H. and Claire Short Hayes Professor of the Humanities Chair, a generously endowed faculty chair meant to concentrate on New Hampshire’s history, culture, and government and to be a focal point within the University for research and teaching. To this end, the visiting scholar position will have two objectives: 1) to conduct compelling, publicly engaged humanities research in New Hampshire and 2) to convene workshops, communal conversations, and other occasions with UNH faculty to help build capacity for future Hayes Chair applications. Salary support, research funds, and programming funds will be provided to the visiting scholar. The terms of the visiting residency can be designed collaboratively with the scholar and the Center for the Humanities, where the Hayes Chair is housed, but would need to include a meaningful amount of time engaging with the university community on site at the UNH Durham campus. More information here.

Ruha Benjamin

Viral Justice: Pandemics, Police Violence & Public Bioethics

Virtual & In-person Lecture | March 9th, 2023 | 6:00pm

Ruha Benjamin is Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, Founding Director of the Ida B. Wells Just DataLab, and author of the award-winning book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, among many other publications. Her work investigates the social dimensions of science, medicine, and technology with a focus on the relationship between innovation and inequity, health and justice, knowledge and power. Ruha earned a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Spelman College, MA, and Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley, and completed postdoctoral fellowships at UCLA’sInstitute for Society & Genetics and Harvard’s Science, Technology & Society Program. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation 2020 Freedom Scholar Award, and the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton. Live stream here.

Sponsored by the Colby Colleges’ Public Humanistic Inquiry Lab with co-sponsorship from the African-American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, the Center for the Arts and Humanities, Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs, Science, Technology, and Society, Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

2023 Symposium | Faculty of Color Working Group

The Corporate University and Shrinking BIPOC Supports: Where do We Go from Here?

Virtual Symposium | May 12–13, 2023

In the fall of 2018, BIPOC faculty from the New England region formed the Faculty of Color Working Group (FOCWG) to advocate for our collective success and wellbeing. Given the challenges facing BIPOC scholars and educators in the academy, we came to acknowledge the urgent need to build our own community systems of support. The first of three annual symposia was held shortly after, in spring of 2019, with generous support from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New England Humanities Consortium, and University of Connecticut. We now invite applications for this year’s virtual symposium on Friday, May 12, 2023. The following day, on Saturday, May 13, symposium goers will have a special in-person opportunity to break bread in community at one of three regional hubs (locations TBD).  

This year’s theme, “The Corporate University and Shrinking BIPOC Supports: Where Do We Go from Here?”, seeks to apprehend the challenges of withering institutional interest in fighting injustice and committing resources. Priorities are revealed in the dissonance between mass campus equity statements and habitual administrative practices of soft funding, inadequate outcomes and accountability, underfunding, and rudder-less initiatives. In another vein, equity-minded funding agencies shift their priorities as exemplified by the Ford Foundation’s new emphasis away from support for BIPOC scholars toward non-academic economic and racial justice movement-building. Our conversations will be led by stellar thinkers and advocates, such as keynote Dr. Lorgia García Peña (Tufts) and presenters Drs. Davarian Baldwin (Trinity College), Sandy Grande (UConn), and Touba Ghadessi (Wheaton College). The symposium offers a space to exchange, debate, and build energy within and across institutions. We hope to identify tools and pathways to sculpt the work environments that so often negate and diminish our contributions. Speakers will take up such concerns as the impacts of neoliberal environments on gender non-conforming faculty of color; how to navigate and transform campus climates that are unapologetically guided by employee economic precarity; racism, sexism, xeno, homo, and trans-phobias; unchecked supremacies; institutional legacies of indigenous land theft; and disempowered Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs whose role in radical organizational change must be assessed using data, rather than assumed.  Learn more here.  

Affective Currents: Moving the Environmental Humanities

Affective Currents: Moving the Environmental Humanities

The Leslie Center for the Humanities at Dartmouth College invites applications for short-term remote fellows to participate in the Spring 2023 Humanities Institute entitled “Affective Currents: Moving the Environmental Humanities.” Apply and learn more using this link: https://jobs.chronicle.com/job/37407954/fellow-in-environmental-humanities-spring-2023

From the Fragments: Places and People in Colonized New England

This July the UNH Center for the Humanities will host two week-long summer institutes for K–12 educators made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more about the program here.

If you know teachers (or other educators, broadly defined) who might be interested, send them our way to learn new stories of a dynamic colonial history in New England! Applications are due by March 3, 2023.

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Applications Now Open for FOCWG Mellon Mentors Program

The FOCWG invites applications for participation in the inaugural cohort of the FOCWG Mellon Mentors program. The FOCWG Mellon Mentors Program aims to partner early-career BIPOC faculty with trained senior mentors to create enduring professional relationships that will provide guidance, resources, and support to early career scholars as they cement their foothold in academia. The goal of the FOCWG Mellon Mentors Program is the creation of mentoring cohorts that offer multiple models of mentoring and expands the network of support for program participants.

Applications are due July 31, 2021. See the full call for applications for more details.

New England Humanities Consortium Seed Grants. Proposals due September 15, 2021

2021 NEHC Seed Grant Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for the 2021 NEHC seed grants. These competitive seed grants are for research initiatives in the humanities that seek to capitalize on the collaborative network and potential of the consortium. Applications seeking to sustain, and build on, previously funded NEHC initiatives that demonstrated success are also welcome. Awards of up to $5,000 will be made. (For projects whose total budgets exceed $5,000 applicants must list additional committed funding sources and amounts.) Priority will be given to applications demonstrating concrete plans for consortium membership involvement. Such involvement can take different forms, but will typically involve, e.g. direct collaboration between two or more member institutions and/or active solicitation of faculty, staff, or students exclusively from member institutions. Applications are welcome from individuals or teams, but the PI must be on the faculty of a NEHC member institution.

Applications are due September 15, 2021, and must be submitted to your home humanities institute or center. See the request for proposals for full details and submission guidelines.

Call for Applications: 2021 FOCWG Symposium

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC), and the University of Connecticut, the Faculty of Color Working Group (FOCWG) invites applications for a virtual symposium hosted by Tufts University scheduled for Wednesday May 26 – Friday May 28, 2021 themed “Politics, Pedagogy, and the Public Humanities.” This community and support-building event for FOC, continues the enthusiasm generated during the first regional FOCWG gathering, on May 10, 2019. The symposium includes a keynote by Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Princeton), workshops by Dr. Noliwe Rooks (Cornell), Dr. Gabrielle Foreman (Penn State), Dr. Kyla Wazana Tompkins (Pomona), and Dr. Nicole Aljoe (Northeastern), social hours, and opportunities for one-on-one meetings with publishers.

Please note that space will be limited to ensure a high level of interaction among all participants, and the application deadline has been extended to April 23, 2021. Please see the full call for applications for details.

Call for Applications: 2021–22 NEHC Faculty of Color Working Group Mellon Faculty Fellowship

With the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the New England Humanities Consortium’s Faculty of Color Working Group is pleased to accept applications for two (2) Mellon Faculty Fellowships in the Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences for the 2021–2022 academic year. The fellowship is intended for full-time faculty members from historically disadvantaged racial groups or those whose projects specifically confront institutional blocks for BIPOC faculty.

Applicants are limited to faculty from NEHC member institutions, which include Amherst College, Brown University, Colby College, Dartmouth College, Middlebury College, Northeastern University, Smith College, Tufts University, University of Connecticut, University of New Hampshire, University of Rhode Island, University of Vermont, Wellesley College, and Wheaton College.

Applicant eligibility is determined by the following criteria:

  1. Must be faculty at a NEHC member institution
  2. Research must have high relevance for addressing the support needs of and/or issues and obstacles faced by BIPOC faculty at PWIs
  3. Demonstration of a viable research project
  4. A research project in the humanities/humanistic sciences

Criteria for successful applicants include, but are not limited to: quality of research proposal; strength of reference letters; stage of tenure/promotion dossier preparation and fulfillment of tenure and promotion requirements; scholar’s support needs to fulfill these requirements; likelihood of support or failure thereof related to scholar’s professional advancement at home institution; likelihood of applicant to contribute to a larger support network for faculty of color in the region and/or to understanding and addressing the impediments to success for FOC in higher education. Fellows should not teach during the fellowship year.

The Mellon Faculty of Color Fellowship program seeks to relieve scholars of these institutional hindrances by providing resources to reduce many of the barriers that make it difficult for faculty of color to research, think, and engage in their transformative work at their home institutions. These fellowships will provide resources that will allow them the time and space to focus on their scholarship away from the typical demands levied on their own campuses. Fellows will spend their fellowship year at a NEHC host institution with opportunities to interact with a broad and relevant intellectual community.

The Mellon Faculty Fellows will receive a stipend of $40,000 and a $2,500 moving expense if needed. The award funds will be remitted to the successful applicant’s home institution (the institution that formally employs them as faculty), who will use the funds to offset the fellow's salary and benefits. Fellows will be in residence at a host institution (the institution at which the fellow spends the fellowship year). Both institutions must be NEHC members. While the host institution does not pay salary or benefits to the Fellow while they are in residence, they are expected to provide the professional amenities to the visiting Fellow typically granted to visiting faculty and scholars.

The Mellon Fellows will be expected to give at least one public lecture or its equivalent at the hosting institute or center. The lecture will be publicized by the FOCWG and the NEHC.

Each application must contain:

  1. A Short Curriculum Vitae (3 pages max.)
  2. A Proposal Narrative (3 pages/1500 words max.)
  3. A Letter from a NEHC Institute/Center Director indicating support for hosting the fellow during the fellowship year.

To receive full consideration applications should conform to our application guidelines..

All documents must be submitted to Interfolio by February 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm (EST).

Applicants to this position receive a free Interfolio Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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