The Future of the Humanities at Liberal Arts Colleges

 June 7-10, 2021 (Applications Closed)

Grinnell College is pleased to announce a virtual summer institute for liberal arts college faculty on the theme “The Humanities in Action: The Future of the Humanities at Liberal Arts Colleges.” This event will take place from June 7-10, 2021, and will feature four days of discussion about curricular and pedagogical change in the humanities, arts, and humanistic social sciences, with a particular focus on two themes: the creation of new gateway courses to welcome students to humanistic study and the development of new opportunities in community-engaged learning.  

The summer institute is free of charge and open to faculty from all disciplines in the arts, the humanities, and humanistic social sciences. The event will address a wide range of issues, including the decolonization of curriculum and pedagogy, the creation of innovative new teaching models (like humanities labs), and a variety of approaches toward drawing new audiences to humanistic study.

Over the course of the institute, participants will explore new ways to emphasize the power and appeal of the humanities, focusing on new curricular directions for liberal arts colleges; the event will include a variety of panels, workshops, lectures, and small-group discussions. The institute’s keynote speakers will be Eric Hayot, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies and director of the Center for Humanities and Information at Penn State University, and Tania D. Mitchell, associate professor of higher education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development at the University of Minnesota. 

The institute is sponsored by Grinnell College’s four-year “Humanities in Action” grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is open to liberal arts college faculty from across the country. 

Please contact Edward Cohn or Susan Sanning with any questions.



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