Jan. 30, 2013

New fellowship in public humanities announced

Cornell’s Society for the Humanities, in partnership with the New York Council for the Humanities, has created a new Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship. The fellowship will “bring humanities scholarship into the public realm, to encourage emerging humanities scholars to conceive of their work in relation to the public sphere, to develop skills for doing so, and to strengthen the community of the public humanities in New York state,” said Tim Murray, director of the Society for the Humanities.

The yearlong fellowship will involve training in the methods and approaches of public scholarship. Selected fellows from six New York humanities centers will work with the council to develop and execute public humanities programming with one or more community-based partners.

“A goal at the society is to offer graduate students access to a broad array of educational opportunities while also extending our programming to the public at large,” Murray said. “This innovative collaboration with the New York Council will place Cornell's fellowship holder in dialogue with other fellows and council officers while providing a platform to share Cornell's strengths in the humanities with regional cultural institutions.”

Applications for the inaugural fellowship are being accepted through Feb. 8. The fellowship runs from August 2013 to May 2014 and is supported in part by Daniel and Joanna S. Rose.

Linda B. Glaser is staff writer for the College of Arts and Sciences.