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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, 2022-23

We are very pleased to announce the 2022-23 Franke Residential Faculty Fellowship recipients.

Philip Bohlman

Professor, Music

The Cabaretesque in Jewish Music: Sounding Modern European History Anew


Claudia Brittenham

Associate Professor, Art History

The Interconnected Mesoamerican World

Lina Maria Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas

Assistant Professor, English Language & Literature

God, Witches, War and Boys I Knew in School


Itamar Francez

Associate Professor, Linguistics

Lautjudentum: Jabotinsky’s Language Ideology       


Benjamin Morgan

Associate Professor, English Language & Literature

In Human Scale: Earth Systems in the Literary Imagination

Anne Eakin Moss

Assistant Professor, Slavic Languages & Literatures 

The Special Effects of Soviet Wonder, 1930-1969


James Osborne

Assistant Professor, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations 

Small Scale Complexity: Central Anatolia in the Early First Millennium BC


Kris Trujillo

Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature

Mystical​ Poetics: Eroticism, Embodiment, and Song in the Christian Contemplative Tradition

We are very pleased to announce the 2022-23 Franke Dissertation Completion Residential Fellowship recipients.


Laura Colaneri

Doctoral Candidate, Romance Languages & Literatures

The Haunted Southern Cone: Sinister Power and Political Terror in the Cultural Imaginary of Dictatorship

Supurna Dasgupta

Doctoral Candidate, South Asian Languages & Civilizations

Intimate Revolutions: Men and Women in 1960s Bengali Literature

Yueling Ji

Doctoral Candidate, East Asian Languages & Civilizations

The Stylistic Complaint: Methods of Literary Criticism from Cold War China

Gary Kafer

Doctoral Candidate, Cinema & Media Studies

After Ubiquity: Surveillance Media and the Technics of Social Difference in Twenty-First Century United States

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

The 2020-21 Franke Bulletin

The Franke Bulletin newsletter for 2020-21 is available to view or download at the top of the Newsletters page.

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.

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.

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