Intersections: Animating Conversations with the Humanities is a 3-year initiative of the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere at the University of Florida (UF) in the UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Throughout the 2017-2020 academic years, the Humanties Center will work to identify shared research interests across the humanities at UF, to connect humanities scholarship to other disciplines, and to support resulting interdisciplinary work.
The core of the Intersections project is the selection of four Intersections Groups, interdisciplinary groups from the humanities and allied fields who work together to address grand-challenge questions in their research and teaching. Working in these groups over the course of two years (2018-2020), UF faculty and doctoral students will engage in scholarly exchanges about how values and the complexities of the human condition inform behavior in changing contexts.
These Intersections Groups will each develop one undergraduate general education course proposal for Year 1 of the forthcoming UF Quest program to be implemented campus-wide, as well as identify clusters of existing courses that relate to their grand-challenge questions and developing shared projects across these courses. The resulting Intersections Course Clusters will begin admitting UF undergraduate students in the 2019-20 academic year, to assist students in identifying a range of courses related to their interest in the grand challenge. Students who complete three Intersections Course Clusters within a given challenge question during their undergraduate career will receive formal recognition as Intersections Scholars.
The function of the university is not simply to teach bread-winning, or to furnish teachers for the public schools, or to be a centre of polite society; it is, above all, to be the organ of that fine adjustment between real life and the growing knowledge of life, an adjustment which forms the secret of civilization.
W.E.B. Du Bois
The Souls of Black Folk (Of the Wings of Atalanta)
Intersections Research-Into-Teaching Grant
Deadline - April 2, 2018
We want to hear your most creative and ambitious ideas.
The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere invites proposals from groups of faculty members who have an interest in participating in interdisciplinary working groups rooted in the humanities. The Intersections Research-Into-Teaching Grant will provide space, structure, and $30,000 discretionary funding for groups of faculty and advanced graduate students with a shared research interest. Groups may use this opportunity to explore and share research, organize events, and engage in interdisciplinary projects.
Through the dialogue begun in these exchanges, each group will develop one general-education undergraduate course to be submitted to UF Quest 1 and define a cluster of existing courses related to their chosen research focus with possible shared class project(s). This grant will allow participants from across the campus to explore complex issues in the form of grand-challenge questions at a moment when cross-disciplinary collaboration is crucial to addressing shifting domains of knowledge and a rapidly changing world.