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2019 News


Call for Kaplan Faculty Fellowships 2020-21

December 6, 2019

Kaplan invites faculty to apply for 2020-2021 Faculty Fellowships to pursue their independent research in residence at Kaplan with an interdisciplinary community of scholars. Faculty can apply for a 50% teaching reduction (which doesn't count against the leave clock) or a full year of supported leave (funds permitting). Fellowships are open to full-time faculty on continuous appointments working in the humanities in Weinberg, Bienen, Medill, and the School of Communication. Two fellowships are reserved for junior faculty. Details at:

Digital Humanities Summer Workshop 2020—Deadline 12/13/19

December 6, 2019

Northwestern faculty are invited to apply for the 2020 Digital Humanities Summer Workshop, Aug. 31 - Sept. 4. The workshop is designed to help teachers develop a syllabus (new or existing) that contains digital humanities assignments. Stipend is $2,000, and no prior experience in digital humanities is necessary! Deadline is Fri., December 13, 2019, but prior to applying, faculty are encouraged to set up a brief consultation with workshop organizers. Details:


Global Humanities Translation Prize - Submissions due January 15, 2020

November 26, 2019
The Global Humanities Initiative of the Kaplan Humanities Institute and the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs announces the opening of the fourth annual Global Humanities Translation Prize competition. Selected by a rotating committee of international scholars, writers, and public intellectuals, the winning translators receive a $5,000 cash prize and Northwestern University Press will publish the selected work. Submissions are due by January 15, 2020. Full submission instructions are at


Tickets on sale now for Chicago Humanities Festival!

October 8, 2019
Kaplan Northwestern Day of the CHF on October 27 will bring a full day of programming to the Evanston campus. Talks will feature scholars, artists, and activists, including Northwestern faculty Daniel Immerwahr (History), Jennifer Lackey (Philosophy), Debbie Cenziper (Medill), and Rebecca Makkai (Creative Writing).


Lineup for Memorializing Dialogue announced!

September 25, 2019
Announcing the 2019-20 Memorializing Dialogue lineup! In partnership with multiple Northwestern units, the year-long series will consider questions of commemorating, contesting, and claiming from humanistic perspectives in conversations with distinguished scholars and artists. Details at


Kaplan announces Liz Hamilton as Library Affiliate for 2019-2020

May 21, 2019
Liz Hamilton is the Copyright Librarian at Northwestern University Libraries and Northwestern University Press. She educates the university community on copyright issues and manages subsidiary rights and permissions for the Press. As Kaplan Library Affiliate, she will serve as a Library liaison and member of the Kaplan Institute community.

Qiana Johnson named Kaplan Library Fellow for 2019-2020

May 21, 2019
Qiana Johnson is the Collection and Organizational Data Analysis Librarian, Assessment and Planning, of Northwestern University Libraries. Her research project is Being First Two Times Over, which examines the paths of the first five black women ordained in the Episcopal Church. As Kaplan Library Fellow, she will spend time developing her project within the interdisciplinary setting of the Kaplan Institute.


2019-20 Faculty Fellows Announced!

April 5, 2019
Eleven faculty will be in residence to pursue their research within the interdisciplinary community of Kaplan for the 2019-20 academic year.



Teach in the Odyssey Project for 2019-20!

February 5, 2019
The Odyssey Project is a free, 32-week college credit granting humanities program for income-eligible adults with limited to no access to higher education. The program is sponsored by Illinois Humanities, and Northwestern faculty and graduate students are invited to apply to teach in Critical Reading and Writing, Literature, U.S. History, Art History, or Philosophy.

Artists in Residence: call for applications is open

February 5, 2019
Kaplan's Artist in Residence program seeks to facilitate creation of new work and to provide insight into the process of conceptualizing and producing creative work. We invite Northwestern units to apply to co-sponsor artists for 2019-20 and beyond!


Rescheduled for 2/27: Brett Gadsden - From Protest to Politics

January 25, 2019
Professor Gadsden will discuss the African Americans who served on the 1960 campaign and helped JFK win the Black vote and the American Presidency as part of the Kaplan Institute's evening Humanities Lecture Series at Evanston Public Library.

*Rethinking Revolutions* website launched!

January 14, 2019
How have artists, writers, historians, and musicians participated in, memorialized, and critiqued revolutionary movements? Read essays from students—on revolutions in Mexico, Russia, America, Cuba, Haiti, and France—in John Alba Cutler's Fall 2018 Global Humanities Lab, which began with field research in Mexico City!