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Global Midwest Initiative

The first research challenge of the Humanities Without Walls 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, three First-Round awards in 2015, and two awards in 2016. To see the complete lists of all 2014-2016 Global Midwest awards and projects, visit the Humanities Without Walls website:

Northwestern Global Midwest Award Recipients

2016 Grant Awardees

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"

2015 Grant 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 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

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