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2018 Cornell Society for the Humanities Graduate Student Public Humanities Grant

Cornell Graduate Student Summer Opportunity in Public Humanities

 The Society for the Humanities and Humanities New York announce a call for applicants for the 2018 Public Humanities Grant of $3,000 working with The History Center in Tompkins County.

The History Center is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to preserve and encourage access to its unique collections, while designing learning experiences and services that create opportunities for people to learn about themselves and their place in the world. The History Center organizes exhibitions, educational programs, and partners with a diverse range of non-profit organizations throughout Tompkins County to bring original, research-based educational services to the public.

The History Center in Tompkins County is seeking the support of an experienced graduate student to (a) help organize a one-day "Forum on Making Our Histories Visible" on the Cornell campus in late summer or early fall; (b) document, reflect on, and theorize about the experience of linking institutions and local organizations; (c) follow up on the forum to begin solidifying a network of institutions and organizations. The forum is an exploratory step toward establishing The History Center of Tompkins County as an important community networking site for research and teaching opportunities and cultural heritage focusing on the histories in our region, modeled on Ithaca's highly successful Science Center. The forum will bring together representatives from various educational and civic organizations in order to share information and resources, and launch collaborations with various local and regional communities for rendering the histories of our local and regional landscapes visible and more readily accessible for research, teaching, and heritage tourism. The forum will allow the representatives to share information about holdings with the greater Ithaca and regional communities so that we can collectively plan, create, and disseminate pedagogical resources and innovations. For example, through augmented reality simulation—the ability to map physical location to historical events in real time and vice versa—we wish students, instructors, and community partners to have an active role in building local histories from the ground up and in engaging with some of the ethical issues that any map-building project might involve. While we expect that our project will offer abundant opportunities to understand stories of the past with a deepened comprehension, we also anticipate student, researcher, and visitor engagement with how field and archival work with primary sources inform disciplines such as history, ethnography, geography, cultural anthropology, and gender and race studies, to name a few. With the assistance of Cornell's Center for Teaching Innovation, the forum's other activities will include focus groups that will allow instructors, librarians, and students to create interactive mapping capabilities and pedagogies for courses extending from middle and high school to undergraduate courses. On-site assessments and surveys of the pedagogical models and products that we produce at the forum will be key to the success of initiatives that The History Center will consider adopting.

July, August, September: 
Working with Cornell German and Comparative Literature Professor Paul Fleming, Romance and Africana Professor Gerard Aching, and The History Center Organizers on the forum and follow up to “Making Our Histories Visible."


  • Availability for concentrated periods of assistance in July and August into September follow up (dates flexible). 
  • The grantee will present the outcomes of her/his research and public work to the university community in coordination with the Society for the Humanities and submit a final report to Humanities New York.

Duration of the Fellowship is early July 2018 to September 30, 2018.  The Fellowship stipend is $3,000. The stipend is supported by Humanities New York.

Interested applicants should submit the following as one .pdf file to Emily Parsons,, by midnight on June 27, 2018:

  • a letter of interest, including background in the public humanities and/or community education outreach
  • a CV
  • a brief letter of support from a faculty member

 CONTACT:  Paul Fleming, Society for the Humanities, 607-255-4086,

About Community Partnership Grants

Community Partnership Grants pair Cornell graduate students with a regional organization having received competitive funding from the New York State Council for the Humanities, such as a library, community center or a museum, to support a campus-community collaborative public humanities project. For the humanities centers and participating graduate students, these grants help them build new relationships outside of the university, strengthen their focus on public programming and develop new audiences for the humanities scholarship happening at their universities. For the Council partner, the grant builds capacity, deepens the scholarly underpinnings of their programming, and helps them finds new audiences within the university community.