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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

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Franke Residential Fellowship Recipients, 2023-24

On behalf of the Governing Board of the Franke Institute, we are delighted to announce the 2023-24 Franke Faculty Residential Fellows:


Noel Blanco Mourelle

Assistant Professor, Romance Languages & Literatures

Learning Machines: Lullism as a Technological Fiction


Elizabeth Chatterjee

Assistant Professor, History 

Energy Emergency: Climate Shocks and Fossil Fuels in Indira Gandhi’s India


Alexis Chema

Assistant Professor, English Language & Literature

Extravaganza: A Theory of Popular Poetry in the Era of Reading


Margareta Ingrid Christian

Assistant Professor, Germanic Studies

The Sociopoetics of Density (1889-1931)


Noémie Ndiaye

Assistant Professor, English Language & Literature

Early Modernity in Black and Brown


Steven Rings

Associate Professor, Music

Ambient Contradictions: Spirituality, Politics, and Race in Immersive Musics


SJ Zhang

Assistant Professor, English Language & Literature

Going Maroon and Other Forms of Family

Erik Zyman

Assistant Professor, Linguistics

On the Symmetry Between Merge and Adjoin

On behalf of the Governing Board of the Franke Institute, we are delighted to announce the 2023-24 Franke Dissertation Completion Residential Fellows:


Sasha Crawford-Holland
Doctoral Fellow, Cinema & Media Studies

Making Sense of Heat: Epistemic Media and the Governance of Thermal Perception


Beatrice Fazio
Doctoral Fellow, Romance Languages & Literatures

Going the Distance: The Coherence of Tradition from Petrarch to Leopardi


Sanghee Kim
Doctoral Fellow, Linguistics

Encoding and Retrieval of Discourse Structure during Language Comprehension


Ethan Waddell
Doctoral Fellow, East Asian Languages & Literatures

Listening to South Korean Music through Popular Songs, 1950s-1970s

The 2021-22 Franke Bulletin

The Franke Bulletin newsletter for 2021-22 is available to view or download at the top of the Newsletters page.

Humanities Without Walls Consortium, 2023

As a member of the HWW Consortium, the Franke Institute is delighted to congratulate Professor Na'ama Rokem, and the Bronzeville Historical Society, for their three-year award of $150,000 for "Studying Oak Woods" from the Humanities Without Walls Consortium (HWW), provided by a grant from the Mellon Foundation. The HWW Consortium is headquartered at the Humanities Research Institute (HRI) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

“Studying Oak Woods”
PI: Na’ama Rokem, University of Chicago

This project supports the documentation and preservation work done by the Bronzeville Historical Society at Oak Woods Cemetery, a historic site located in Woodlawn, Chicago. The primary focus is on the notable African Americans buried at this site, and on the social and cultural contexts that it is embedded in. Through research, public programing, teaching, and documentation, we aim to create new knowledge and increase public interest in this important site.


More about: HWW's final Grand Research Challenge

In Memoriam


The Franke Institute for the Humanities mourns the loss of


23 June 1931 - 15 April 2022

Rich was a visionary, a supporter of humanistic research, teaching and engagement at every level—and, with his wife Barbara, the warmest of friends.  We are honored to bear his name and inspired to carry forward his ideals, now more than ever:

“We need to make the humanities available not merely for survival in an increasingly commercial world, but for the sake of democracy.”


Also see: Mr. Franke's obituary in the New York Times

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