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New program by the New England Faculty of Color Working Group...
12/18/2020
New England Humanities Consortium

New program by the New England Faculty of Color Working Group...

We are very excited to announce that applications are now open for the NEHC/Faculty of Color Working Group Mellon Faculty Fellowship. The Mellon Faculty of Color Fellowship program seeks to relieve scholars of 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.

Faculty members from historically disadvantaged racial groups at NEHC member institutions are eligible to apply. Applications are due February 1, 2021 via Interfolio.

2020 Andy Warhol Arts Writers grants awarded. Supports writing about contemporary art and aims to ensure that critical w...
12/10/2020

2020 Andy Warhol Arts Writers grants awarded. Supports writing about contemporary art and aims to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts. Creative Capital http://ow.ly/Z4Dn50CvQhj

2020 Phi Beta Kappa Society Book awards. Given annually to outstanding scholarly books published in the United States. h...
12/09/2020

2020 Phi Beta Kappa Society Book awards. Given annually to outstanding scholarly books published in the United States. http://ow.ly/KxF050CvTMz

"LBJ and the Great Society" examines the transformative domestic policy agenda of the 36th U.S. president. Hosted by Mel...
12/08/2020
LBJ and the Great Society

"LBJ and the Great Society" examines the transformative domestic policy agenda of the 36th U.S. president. Hosted by Melody Barnes, former chief domestic policy advisor to Barack Obama and now co-head of UVA Democracy Initiative. http://ow.ly/769u50CrpF9

President Lyndon B. Johnson is today remembered largely for his failure in Vietnam. But before the war sunk his presidency, LBJ compiled a record of acc…

In celebration of Emily Dickinson's birthday, poet Dorianne Laux will read Dickinson's poetry and her own following a vi...
12/07/2020
Dorianne Laux

In celebration of Emily Dickinson's birthday, poet Dorianne Laux will read Dickinson's poetry and her own following a virtual tour of the Dickinson homestead. Thurs, 10 Dec at 7:30pm EST. Folger Shakespeare Library The Emily Dickinson Museum https://www.folger.edu/events/dorianne-laux

Poet Dorianne Laux will travel to The Homestead in Amherst, the home of Emily Dickinson, to celebrate Dickinson’s birthday. Laux will read poetry from Dickinson’s bedroom.

12/04/2020
Kaleidoscope

Key into Public Service scholarship. Connecting promising liberal arts and sciences students with opportunities in local, state, and federal public service careers. $5,000 award. January 15 deadline. Phi Beta Kappa Society Amherst College Office of Fellowships http://ow.ly/XYUH50CvPaI

"Key Conversations podcast Phi Beta Kappa Society: Dr. Alfred Spector offers his take on the evolving relationship betwe...
12/03/2020
Key Conversations with Phi Beta Kappa – Alfred Spector: Envisioning the Synergies between the Liberal Arts and Computer Science – 28:31

"Key Conversations podcast Phi Beta Kappa Society: Dr. Alfred Spector offers his take on the evolving relationship between the liberal arts and computer science. http://ow.ly/eV6K50Cr7VH

In this episode, Dr. Alfred Spector offers an optimistic take on the evolving relationship between the liberal arts and computer science. Reflecting on his career experiences in creating a company, working for Google and IBM, and now diving into economic modeling, Spector provides a fascinating acco...

11/13/2020
Apply - Interfolio

Our search for our next cohort of 2021-23 CHI Fellows is underway! We are seeking scholars from across the disciplines for full-time, two-year appointments as CHI Fellows and visiting lecturers. In colloquy with one another and the Amherst community, CHI Fellows will explore the theme “Black: Here and Now.” We invite applications from scholars whose research or creative work takes up some aspect of our theme. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2020, and continue until the positions are filled.

Please apply online via Interfolio. Any questions may be directed to [email protected].
https://apply.interfolio.com/80165

Our post-election discussion begins today at 4:30 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST). All members of the Amherst College com...
11/04/2020
CHI Salon: Post-Election Salon | Event Calendar | Amherst College

Our post-election discussion begins today at 4:30 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST). All members of the Amherst College community are invited! Please login to Zoom with your Amherst ID and password.
https://www.amherst.edu/news/calendar/node/777462

Join us in a supportive space for an open-forum discussion of the November 3rd U.S. presidential election. Restricted to the Amherst College community. Please log into Zoom with your Amherst email address.

Don't forget to register for our 20th Issue celebratory event with The Common! Today at 4:30 PM EDT! https://www.amherst...
10/28/2020
CHI Salon: Voices from the Lusosphere: The Common Launches Its 20th Issue | Event Calendar | Amherst College

Don't forget to register for our 20th Issue celebratory event with The Common! Today at 4:30 PM EDT!
https://www.amherst.edu/news/calendar/node/777461

Marking 10 years of publication, Amherst's award-winning literary magazine, The Common, launches its 20th issue with a portfolio of writing from Portugal and its colonial and linguistic diaspora: from Lisbon to Goa; Cape Verde to Rio de Janeiro. Join us for an international reading and conversation,...

CHI Fellow Steve Dillon has a new journal article on how architectural elements were used in a high-security prison in t...
10/19/2020
“Nothing stirred in the air”

CHI Fellow Steve Dillon has a new journal article on how architectural elements were used in a high-security prison in the 1980s to create a new culture of carceral terror:

"What is remarkable about Rosenberg’s writing from Lexington is how it elucidates the material banality of carceral violence. A snow-white room. The humming of lights. Eleven cameras. Dead air. Her ears rang and her breath quickened, not at the spectacle of what was before her, but at its normality, its routineness, its technological perfection."

The article has been published in Paths to Prison: On the Architecture of Carcerality (Columbia University Press, 2020) and in the online journal Places Journal

A snow-white room. Humming lights. Dead air. Eleven Cameras. Decades ago a high security prison for women deployed banal architectural elements to intensify a new regime of carceral terror.

Join CHI and the Amherst College Press in celebration of Open Access Week, October 19-26! Open Access Week spreads aware...
10/15/2020
CHI Salon: Amherst College Press Authors in Conversation | Event Calendar | Amherst College

Join CHI and the Amherst College Press in celebration of Open Access Week, October 19-26! Open Access Week spreads awareness on the need and benefits for open and free access to scholarly research. In collaboration with AC Press, our next virtual CHI Salon will feature two AC Press authors, Carlos Alberto Sánchez and James R. Martel. They will be having a conversation with AC Press Director Beth Bouloukos on violence, culture and personhood.

We hope you will join us on Wednesday, October 21st at 4:30 PM EDT for this special event. Please remember to pre-register so we can send the Zoom link.

Join Amherst College Press authors Carlos Alberto Sánchez and James R. Martel in conversation with Press Director Beth Bouloukos for a discussion about violence, culture and personhood.

10/14/2020

We very much regret that due to unforeseen circumstances, we have needed to cancel our CHI Salon today with Laure Thompson and Lee Spector. We hope to reschedule the salon for a later date.

Be sure to register for our CHI Salon with with Monique Tú Nguyen, the executive director of the Matahari Women Workers'...
10/07/2020
CHI Salon: Matahari Women Workers' Center | Event Calendar | Amherst College

Be sure to register for our CHI Salon with with Monique Tú Nguyen, the executive director of the Matahari Women Workers' Center in conversation with CHI Fellow, Lili Kim. Today at 4:30 EDT over Zoom! In this conversation, Nguyen and Kim will discuss how, in 2014, Matahari and its partners in the Massachusetts Coalition of Domestic Workers won a historic campaign to pass the Massachusetts Domestic Workers Law (Bill of Rights), as well as the oral history project with the domestic workers and employers that Professor Kim's students will help curate for a public exhibit website.

Please register on our website so we know to send you the Zoom link, or send an email to [email protected]. You're welcome to pop in for all or part of the discussion.

https://www.amherst.edu/news/calendar/node/779250

Join us for a conversation with Monique Tú Nguyen, executive director of the Matahari Women Workers' Center and CHI Fellow and Visiting Lecturer in History Lili Kim. This event is part of the series in Professor Kim's course "Women of Color and the Emergence of the U.S. Third World Feminist Left." ...

10/01/2020
Folger Undergraduate Fellowship | Center for Humanistic Inquiry | Amherst College

Amherst College students! We are extending our Folger Fellowship Before Farm to Table application deadline to Monday, October 5th. Apply now for a unique undergraduate experience working with the Folger Shakespeare Library. Students will engage in a 360-degree investigation of a 17th-century manuscript recipe book from the Folger Shakespeare Library collection. The fellowship will take place during January term and count for credit.

See more information and the application on our website.
https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/colloquia/center-humanistic-inquiry/folger-undergraduate-fellowship

Folger Fellowships 2021 Before Farm to Table: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures "Before Farm to Table" is a unique undergraduate experience held during interterm, January 4-26, 2021. Fellowships are awarded to select students whose academic work can most profit from intensive research with the staf...

Don't forget to pre-register for our book talk with Monique Roelofs, today over Zoom at 4:30! Professor Roelofs will be ...
09/30/2020
CHI Salon: Arts of Address, a Book Talk with Monique Roelofs | Event Calendar | Amherst College

Don't forget to pre-register for our book talk with Monique Roelofs, today over Zoom at 4:30! Professor Roelofs will be discussing her book, Arts of Address: Being Alive to Language and the World. A Q&A discussion with the author will follow.

You can either use the registration form on the event page, or email [email protected] and we'll send you the Zoom link. Hope to see you there!
https://www.amherst.edu/news/calendar/node/767651

Join Monique Roelofs in a discussion of her new book Arts of Address: Being Alive to Language and the World (Columbia University Press, 2020).

Our CHI Salon with our very own CHI Fellow, Steve Dillon is today! Don't forget to pre-register. (Or, email the Academic...
09/16/2020
CHI Salon: Affects for Abolition: Feeling the Ends of the Prison, a Book Talk with CHI Fellow Stephen Dillon | Event Calendar | Amherst College

Our CHI Salon with our very own CHI Fellow, Steve Dillon is today! Don't forget to pre-register. (Or, email the Academic Department Coordinator for CHI, Heather Grimes. hgrimes @ amherst .edu)

Steve will be discussing his research for his upcoming book, Affects for Abolition: Feeling the Ends of the Prison. The talk will incorporate audio and music, so we recommend using headphones if you can.

Stephen Dillon is a CHI Fellow, Visiting Lecturer in the Amherst College Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies Department, and an Associate Professor of Queer Studies at Hampshire College. Join us at 4:30 EDT today!

Stephen Dillon is a CHI Fellow at Amherst College and associate professor of critical race and queer studies at Hampshire College. He is author of Fugitive Life: The Queer Politics of the Prison State (Duke University Press, 2018). He will be speaking about the research for his upcoming book Affects...

Students! The Folger Fellowship application process has begun! This year, the Folger Fellowship will be for credit and t...
09/10/2020
Folger Undergraduate Fellowship | College Partnerships | Amherst College

Students! The Folger Fellowship application process has begun! This year, the Folger Fellowship will be for credit and take the shape of a January term online course: Before Farm to Table: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures. Students selected for this program will work closely with the Folger Library's Curator of Manuscripts, Dr. Heather Wolfe, with Assistant Director of Fellowships, Dr. Amanda Herbert, and in collaboration with a group of postdoctoral Folger Fellows to engage in a 360-degree investigation of a 17th-century manuscript recipe book from the Folger Shakespeare Library collection.

The application deadline is Monday, September 28th.

Folger Fellowships 2021 Before Farm to Table: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures "Before Farm to Table" is a unique undergraduate experience held during interterm, January 4-26, 2021. Fellowships are awarded to select students whose academic work can most profit from intensive research with the staf...

Interested in leading a CHI research seminar in the humanities? Apply now for up to $2500 in support! The proposal deadl...
09/09/2020
Research Seminars | Center for Humanistic Inquiry | Amherst College

Interested in leading a CHI research seminar in the humanities? Apply now for up to $2500 in support! The proposal deadline is right around the corner -- Friday, September 11.

CHI Research Seminars - Call for Proposals - Due September 11 The Center for Humanistic Inquiry offers up to $2,500 to support seminars for humanities-oriented research at Amherst. Seminars include between four and fifteen participants and meet periodically throughout the school year. Activities inc...

Our first virtual CHI Salon of the academic year is tomorrow! Join us Wednesday, September 9th at 4:30 EDT for a panel d...
09/08/2020
CHI Salon: Constellations of Modernism: Writing New Art Histories | Event Calendar | Amherst College

Our first virtual CHI Salon of the academic year is tomorrow! Join us Wednesday, September 9th at 4:30 EDT for a panel discussion with four historians and authors on writing the history of modern art.

Pre-registration is required.

This CHI salon brings together art historians who teach or who have previously taught at the Five Colleges whose recently published books explore modern art from Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe. Through brief presentations and conversation, these authors will reflect on how to write the histo...

We are continuing our weekly writing sessions this semester virtually! Drop in with your colleagues any time for support...
09/04/2020
Virtual Write-on-Site | Event Calendar | Amherst College

We are continuing our weekly writing sessions this semester virtually! Drop in with your colleagues any time for support and motivation. Fridays from 12:00-3:00 over Zoom. Our first session begins today!

Our writing groups are limited to the Amherst College community. Please be sure to log in with a registered amherst.edu account.

https://www.amherst.edu/news/calendar/node/777623

Enhance productivity. Find mutual support. Maintain a regular practice. Write with others. Faculty and staff are invited to a virtual Write-on-Site over Zoom each Friday during the fall semester between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. Hosted by Professor of Art History Nicola Courtright, and CHI Fellows Ashley....

The Arts at Amherst Initiative is accepting applications for funding to support faculty and staff projects of all sizes ...
08/25/2020
Funding Request Form | Funding Support | Amherst College

The Arts at Amherst Initiative is accepting applications for funding to support faculty and staff projects of all sizes that promote cross-disciplinary collaboration and connect artists with the broader Amherst community. The Initiative welcomes proposals for lectures, classroom activities, performances, installations, and other community events, as well as other programs that support the mission of the Arts at Amherst Initiative.

Funding requests are reviewed twice a year, in the beginning of the fall semester and in the beginning of the spring semester. However, funding requests that are submitted outside these deadlines are still considered on a case-by-case basis. Their next deadline for funding requests is Friday, September 11, 2020.

The Arts at Amherst Initiative offers funding for programs that promote cross-disciplinary collaboration and connect artists with the broader Amherst community. The Initiative welcomes proposals for lectures, classroom activities, performances, installations, and other community events, as well as o...

08/21/2020
Research Seminars | Research Seminar RFP | Amherst College

We are now accepting proposals for 2020-21 research seminars! The CHI offers up to $2,500 to support seminars for humanities-oriented research at Amherst College. Seminars include between four and fifteen participants and meet at least twice each semester in the fall and spring. Activities can include guest speakers, writing workshops, reading groups, and the like. Proposals are due by 4:30 p.m. Friday, September 11, 2020.

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The National Humanities Center invites applications for academic-year or one-semester residential fellowships. Mid-caree...
08/12/2020
Residential Fellowships at the National Humanities Center

The National Humanities Center invites applications for academic-year or one-semester residential fellowships. Mid-career, senior, and emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work from all areas of the humanities are encouraged to apply.
Scholars from all parts of the globe are eligible; stipends and travel expenses are provided. Fellowship applicants must have a PhD or equivalent scholarly credentials. Fellowships are supported by the Center’s own endowment, private foundation grants, contributions from alumni and friends, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Located in the vibrant Research Triangle region of North Carolina, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area’s research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene. Fellows enjoy private studies, in-house dining, and superb library services that deliver all research materials.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT, October 8, 2020. For more information and to apply, please visit the link below.

The National Humanities Center annually welcomes forty scholars from all fields of the humanities for semester- or year-long residential fellowships.

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