Global Midwest Initiative
Humanities Without Walls (HWW) is a collaboration among 15 humanities centers, including the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, originally funded by a $3 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The consortium was established to create cross-institutional research, teaching and scholarship in the humanities. The first research challenge of this initiative was The Global Midwest: to reveal and rethink the Midwest as a key site—both now and in the past—in shaping global economies and cultures. From this grant, Northwestern funded 11 faculty/graduate student cohorts with Seed Funds in 2014 and three First-Round awards in 2015 (see list below).
Congratulations to these Northwestern faculty who are recipients of 2016 Humanities Without Walls Global Midwest grants:
Wendy Griswold (Sociology), "Detroit in China: Postindustrial Cities and Urban Representations in the Midwest and China"
Aldon Morris (Sociology and African American Studies), "'BlackLivesMatter:' Racial Tension and Police Violence in the Midwest and Beyond"
To see a complete list of awards and projects, visit the Humanities Without Walls website:
Past Northwestern Awardees
2015 First Round Global Midwest Awardees
Lane Relyea (Art Theory and Practice) for "There There: A Journal of Global Contemporary Art in the Midwest"
Ramón Rivera-Servera (Performance Studies) for "Perfom Midwest: Incubating Collaborative Research"
Joel Valentin-Martínez (Theatre) for "Perfom Midwest: Incubating Collaborative Research"
2014 Global Midwest Initiative Seed Funds Recipients
Toward a Global Midwest Digital Archive of 1960s and 70s Poetry and Print Culture
John Alba Cutler, Assistant Professor, English
Harris Feinsod, Assistant Professor, English
The Classicizing Chicago Project
S. Sara Monoson, Professor, Classics and Political Science
Global Work and Global Working-Class Community in the Midwest
Micaela di Leonardo, Professor of Anthropology and Performance Studies
Soyini Madison Chair and Professor of Performance Studies and Anthropology
Musical Transformations in New North American Nations, 1780-1860
Drew Edward Davies, Associate Professor, Musicology
Storytelling in the Global Midwest
Ji-Yeon Yuh, Associate Professor, History
"Beyond Coasts: Haiti and the Mid-West" – A 2-day Symposium
Kantara Souffrant, Performance Studies
Invisible Filipino-Americans: The Filipino Diaspora in Chicago after 1965
Joy N. Sales, History
Mapping the Plays of Szczesny Zahajkiewicz, Polish Chicago Playwright
Megan Geigner, Theatre and Drama
Mid-East in the Midwest: Arab American Dance and Performance, Transnational Embodiment, Archives and Repertoires
Meiver De la Cruz, Performance Studies
The Midwestern Borderland: A Reading Group
Ashley Johnson, History
Renaissance Books, Midwestern Libraries
Andrew S. Keener, English