Solidarity Statement

The Franke Institute for the Humanities has worked with the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes to draft a statement of solidarity with Black Lives Matter and related movements around the world.  We post it here on behalf of CHCI and as a declaration of the Institute’s own values and commitments: Solidarity Statement.


For more on the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes and this statement, please see CHCI's website

Welcoming the University's Next President

The Franke Institute for the Humanities is delighted to welcome A. Paul Alivisatos (BA ’81) back to the University of Chicago as its next president! Dr. Alivisatos is currently executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California at Berkeley, where he will remain through the Spring semester. To quote Berkeley News:

“Throughout his distinguished academic career, Paul has demonstrated the skills and imagination needed to be an inspirational leader, confront the challenges of our time and guide the University of Chicago during a period of enormous opportunity,” said Joseph Neubauer, chair of the University of Chicago’s Board of Trustees and leader of the search for a new president, in an announcement today (Feb. 26). “He has the vision to further elevate the university’s eminence, uphold its rich traditions and enduring values, and make an impact on higher education and the lives of university students, faculty and staff, as well as enrich the South Side community.”

Armand Paul Alivisatos, who was born in Chicago before moving to Greece with his family, first came to Berkeley as a graduate student in 1981 after receiving a B.A. with honors in chemistry from the University of Chicago. He credits the University of Chicago for instilling in him an appreciation of disciplines beyond science — in particular, art. For more details please see this UChicago press release.

Humanities Without Walls Consortium, 2021

2021 HWW Grand Research Challenge: Reciprocity and Redistribution

"Climate Games: Redistributing STEM Resources Through Transmedia Play in Middle Schools"

A seed grant has been awarded to the Fourcast Lab (Patrick Jagoda, PI) for this UChicago-based project in collaboration with three middle schools: UChicago Laboratory School, UChicago Charter School, and Ray School (CPS). More about HWW’s third Grand Research Challenge.


2021 HWW Pre-doctoral Workshop Fellowship

In a national competition, Kevin Irakoze, a graduate student in the University of Chicago Philosophy Department, has been awarded a 2021 Humanities Without Walls Pre-doctoral Workshop Fellowship for the Career Diversity Summer Workshop by the Humanities Without Walls Consortium. Through the Franke Institute for the Humanities, UChicago is a member of the HWW Consortium, which is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is based at the UIUC Humanities Research Institute.

The Franke Fellows, 2020-21

On behalf of the Franke Institute Governing Board, we are pleased to announce the eight Franke Faculty Fellows and one Affiliated Faculty Fellow as well as the five Franke Dissertation Completion Fellows for the 2020-21 academic year.

Franke Faculty Fellows


Assistant Professor, Comparative Human Development

Becoming Normal: Cochlear Implants. (Re)distribution and Rehabilitation in India


Professor, Linguistics

Bilingualism and communities of accent: Greek-English Bilinguals in Chicago

Assistant Professor, Philosophy

Practical Reality


Associate Professor, Germanic Studies

The Act of Life

Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor, English Language & Literature, Art History, and Visual Arts

Seeing Through Madness

Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor, English Language & Literature

From Representation to Expression: A Brief Episode in the History of the Novel


Herman C. Bernick Family Professor, Classics

Narrative in the Confessions of St. Augustine


Professor, Music

The Nature of Musical Thought

Affiliated Faculty Fellow


Associate Professor, Music

Porous Instruments: Circulation and Exchange in Electronic Sound

Franke Dissertation Completion Fellows



Doctoral Candidate, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations

Watching Whiteness Work?: The Racialization of Jewish Women in Iraq and Israel/Palestine



Doctoral Candidate, South Asian Languages & Civilizations and Theater & Performance Studies 

Performances of Posterity: Theatre, Archives and Cultural Regulation in Modern India


Doctoral Candidate, Music

The Improvised Text: Bodily Regimes of Piano Improvisation in the Mid-Nineteenth Century



Doctoral Candidate, English Language & Literature

Moral Feeling in Early Modern England



Doctoral Candidate, East Asian Languages & Civilizations

Sounding Off: Unusual Voices and the Problem of Speech in Seventeenth-Century Chinese Literature

The 2018-19 Annual Review

The Franke’s Annual Review newsletter for 2018-19 is available to view and download on the Newsletters page.


Friday, April 30: Deadline for applying for Franke grants for event funding.

Monday, November 15: Deadline for applying for Research Grants from the Humanities Without Walls Consortium.


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