2018-2019 Humanities Institute at Stony Book Graduate Student
Public Humanities Fellowship
In Partnership with Humanities New York
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The Humanities Institute at Stony Brook (HISB) and Humanities New York announce the call for applicants for the 2018-2019 Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship.
Stony Brook University Fellows will be part of a cohort from these eight other New York universities: The City University of New York Graduate Center, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Binghamton, the University of Rochester or Syracuse University.
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be residents of New York State and enrolled as a graduate student in a humanities discipline, broadly defined, at one of these nine universities: The City University of New York Graduate Center, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Binghamton, the University of Rochester or Syracuse University
DURATION & STIPEND: Duration of the Fellowship is August 2018 to June 2019, including mandatory attendance at a two-day orientation on August 20-21, 2018 in New York City. The Fellowship stipend is $8,000, plus a $500 travel and research stipend. The Fellowship is supported by grants from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship was developed by Humanities New York in partnership with nine New York research universities to bring humanities scholarship into the public realm, encourage emerging humanities scholars to conceive of their work in relation to the public sphere, develop scholars’ skills for doing public work, and strengthen the public humanities community in New York State. The year-long Fellowship will involve a combination of training in the methods and approaches of the public humanities and work by the Fellow to develop a public project related to their own scholarship in partnership with a community organization.
The skills and experiences afforded by the Fellowship are intended to serve scholars who have a record of working with the public as well as those who are starting to explore the public humanities. It is equally valuable for scholars who plan to pursue careers within the academy and those who plan to pursue other career paths.
- The Fellow is required to attend a two-day orientation run by Humanities New York at their New York City office on Monday, August 20 and Tuesday, August 21, 2018.
- During the Fellowship year, the Fellow will develop a plan to implement a public humanities project and work with community partners on that project.
- The Fellow will participate in workshops scheduled for December 2018 and June 2019.
- The Fellow will present the outcomes of their research and public work to the university community in coordination with HISB and submit a final report to Humanities New York.
- The Fellow must have a presence at HISB during the fellowship year, i.e., regularly attend HISB events and participate in Public Humanities forums/information sessions at HISB. Fellows will also meet regularly at HISB to discuss their reserach.
During the course of the Fellowship, Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in events sponsored by Humanities New York. Fellows are also eligible for project funds from HNY to support public programs developed during the course of their Fellowship. Throughout the Fellowship, Fellows are encouraged to work collaboratively with HNY to identify community partners, explore public humanities methods and programs, and share findings as their research progresses.
HISB Fellows will be part of a cohort from these eight other New York universities: The City University of New York Graduate Center, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Binghamton, the University of Rochester, and Syracuse University.
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be residents of New York State and enrolled as a graduate student in a humanities discipline, broadly defined, at one of these nine universities: The City University of New York Graduate Center, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, SUNY Buffalo, Stony Brook University, SUNY Binghamton, the University of Rochester, or Syracuse University. Interested applicants should contact their university’s humanities center for other, university-specific, requirements.
TO APPLY: Interested applicants should submit an online application, including a resume/CV and two references, by Friday, February 16, 2018. The online application can be accessed through Humanities New York’s program management platform, found here: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=nyhumanities. Applicants will need to create an account in the system, even if they’ve applied in prior years.
Applicants will be notified of final decisions by Friday, April 20, 2018.
CONTACT: Humanities New York Program Officer Adam Capitanio (212-233-1131 / (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HUMANITIES NEW YORK: The mission of Humanities New York (formally known as the New York Council for the Humanities) is to help all New Yorkers become thoughtful participants in our communities by promoting critical inquiry, cultural understanding, and civic engagement. Founded in 1975, the New York Council for the Humanities is the sole statewide proponent of public access to the humanities. Humanities New York is a private 501(c)3 that receives Federal, State, and private funding.
The 2017-2018 HISB Graduate Public Humanities Fellows:
Javier Gaston-Greenberg is a doctoral candidate in Hispanic Languages and Literature. His dissertation will focus on the construction and crisis of hero mythologies in Cuba through comics. With his Public Humanities Fellowship he is developing and implementing a project called Hero Genesis, a high school curricula that employs comic book culture and its secret language to discover the hidden powers residing in immigrant youth in New York City.
Lecture: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, Title TBD
AllyseKnox-Russellis a PhD candidate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook. Her dissertation
project explores the ways that gender, race, and indigeneity influence embodied experiences
of land and place. Her public humanities project aims to develop an environmental
health justice curriculum for schools and summer camps.
Lecture: Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Title TBD
The 2016-2017 HISB Graduate Public Humanities Fellows:
Eva Boodman is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Stony Brook University working on ethics, social and political philosophy, feminist philosophy, decolonial philosophy, and the philosophy of race. Her dissertation, Structural Ignorance, confronts the issue of ethical and political responsibility for group forms of ignorance. She uses white ignorance as a paradigm case to discuss the ways that dominant, often oppressive norms can be reproduced in the very attempt to escape them. With her public humanities fellowship, she will develop and teach relevant, responsive curricula to be taught at the women's jail on Rikers Island, and will recruit and organize Stony Brook academics.
Lecture: "Wrestling with Knowledge and Power on Rikers Island"
Education is not politically neutral. There is an ongoing discussion in philosophy and social science about how implicit norms and racial biases operate in knowledge production, and how these are inseparable from power structures. This talk discusses how structural racism operates through the norms at work in educational institutions, and uses that framework to discuss the ethical and political complexities of teaching philosophy on Rikers Island.
Francisco Delgado is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Stony Brook University, where he is also a W. Burghardt Turner Fellow. His dissertation examines contemporary literature by Asian American authors and Native American authors who use the dystopian genre to address capitalist exploitation, environmental rights, and racial injustice. He holds a B.A. from SUNY New Paltz and an M.A. from Brooklyn College. An enrolled member of the Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indian tribe of upstate New York, he proposes a project that will construct an interactive website to teach and promote the Seneca language and culture.
Lecture: "Nya:wëh sgë:nö’: Revitalizing the Seneca Indian Language"
The Seneca language, like many Native languages, is nearing extinction. In this talk, Delgado explores the circumstances that led to this current state of the language before detailing efforts, including his own through the construction of a multimodal website, aimed at preserving the language and culture going forward.
The 2015-2016 HISB Graduate Public Humanities Fellows:
Allison Tyndall is a doctoral candidate in English literature at Stony Brook University. Her dissertation examines the political role of the common people in 16th- and 17th-century history plays. She holds a B.A. from the University of Toledo and an M.A. from DePaul University. Allison returned to school to pursue her Ph.D. after working for six years in service-learning programs in Chicago and Ohio, including a year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA. As a Public Humanities Fellow, she will engage university students in developing ESL resources to supplement Shakespearean plays for a high school in the Bronx.
Lecture: “The Human Experience and King Lear: Community within and without the Text”
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 4:00pm
In Shakespeare's famous staging of human suffering, the way people connect to one another is fundamentally redefined after traditional systems of order break down. Tyndall discusses this reading of community in King Lear and her experiment using the text to connect her Introduction to Drama students to a high school for English Language Learners in the Bronx.
Alena Sauzade is a doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University specializing in public art and commemoration. Her research focuses on government and community sponsored monuments as well as intentional and unintentional memorials in order to interrogate the various ways that memory functions in the public sphere. Her dissertation, Witnesses to Terror: Nationhood and Trauma in Memorials to Victims of Terrorism, focuses on memorials to victims of the September 11th, 2001 attacks in the United States and worldwide. It considers September 11th as a cultural trauma, and explores how the artifacts of the attacks, including World Trade Center steel and Pentagon limestone, have become important symbolic components in the composition of official and vernacular memorials. Alena’s public humanities project will generate an archived community dialogue on 9/11 memorials.
Lecture: "Beyond 'Reflecting Absence,' Long Island Communities and the Commemoration
In this talk, Sauzade will chronicle the history 9/11 memorials around Long Island, focusing on how their shared formal characteristics and reoccurring visual and symbolic elements present a collective memory of the attacks that challenges the representation of psychological trauma presented by New York City’s national memorial, “Reflecting Absence.”