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.
Franke Residential Fellowship Recipients, 2022-23
We are very pleased to announce the 2022-23 Franke Residential Faculty Fellowship recipients.
The Cabaretesque in Jewish Music: Sounding Modern European History Anew
Associate Professor, Art History
The Interconnected Mesoamerican World
Assistant Professor, English Language & Literature
God, Witches, War and Boys I Knew in School
Associate Professor, Linguistics
Lautjudentum: Jabotinsky’s Language Ideology
Associate Professor, English Language & Literature
In Human Scale: Earth Systems in the Literary Imagination
Assistant Professor, Slavic Languages & Literatures
The Special Effects of Soviet Wonder, 1930-1969
Assistant Professor, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
Small Scale Complexity: Central Anatolia in the Early First Millennium BC
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.
Doctoral Candidate, Romance Languages & Literatures
The Haunted Southern Cone: Sinister Power and Political Terror in the Cultural Imaginary of Dictatorship
Doctoral Candidate, South Asian Languages & Civilizations
Intimate Revolutions: Men and Women in 1960s Bengali Literature
Doctoral Candidate, East Asian Languages & Civilizations
The Stylistic Complaint: Methods of Literary Criticism from Cold War China
Doctoral Candidate, Cinema & Media Studies
After Ubiquity: Surveillance Media and the Technics of Social Difference in Twenty-First Century United States
The Franke Institute for the Humanities mourns the loss of
RICHARD J. FRANKE
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.”
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.