The Humanities Without Walls consortium links the humanities centers at 15 research universities throughout the Midwest and beyond.
This project aims to help prepare doctoral students for careers both within and outside the academy through a series of summer workshops. Graduate students selected for this program will engage in intensive discussions with organizers of public humanities projects, leaders of university presses and learned societies, experts in the various domains of the digital humanities, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, and holders of important non-faculty positions in colleges and universities (academic administrators, student services professionals, librarians and archivists, development officers, and so forth). In the summers of 2017 and 2019, this project seeks to expand its reach beyond the consortial partner universities by drawing on a national applicant pool of humanities doctoral students.
The three-week workshops, facilitated and directed by the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF), take place in Chicago. The workshops will bring together cohorts of thirty graduate students, selected in a competition conducted by the humanities centers (for the 2015, 2016, and 2018 summer workshops) and in a limited submission competition drawing on a national applicant pool (for the 2017 and 2019 summer workshops). All participating humanities centers will be responsible for recruiting applicants with broad interdisciplinary interests and with the capacity to represent a broadened vision of life in the humanities upon returning to their campuses. The expectation is that the centers themselves, by engaging with this project, will strengthen their capacity to serve as cross-disciplinary engines for the reorganization of graduate programs in the humanities.
To learn more about the process, watch this short video interview with past HWW participant Joseph Whitson.