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Congratulations to the 2021 Class of Mellon Intersections Scholars

The UF Mellon Intersections Scholars program invites undergraduate students to tackle grand-challenge questions that require a wide range of perspectives and skills to solve. On April 23, 2021, the 2020 and 2021 completing classes of Intersections Scholars will graduate from the program during the first Intersections Spring Symposium and Intersections Scholars Celebration. These students took […]

Launching in Summer 2021: A New Ethics and Society Certificate

As a quick skim through any newspaper or social media feed reveals, contemporary societies face many complex, large-scale challenges that have no easy solutions, such as climate change, police violence, terrorism, and world poverty. While these challenges may all seem very different, they each force us to confront ethical questions: what is morally right and […]

Global Blackness and Latinx Identity Launches the Haitian American Dream Timeline

In collaboration with the George A. Smathers Libraries, the Mellon Intersections Group on Global Blackness and Latinx Identity has launched The Haitian American Dream Timeline, a new digital exhibit that examines the evolving relationship between Haiti and the United States from the 1820s to the present day. Created by Alexandra Cenatus, Ivanna Moreno, and Dr. […]

Celebrating Intersections Doctoral Student Accomplishments

The Mellon Intersections doctoral student members have played a pivotal role in the success of the program. Collaborating with faculty and staff Intersections Group members, these doctoral students advance research on grand-challenge questions, assist with group research and teaching activities, develop associated course opportunities, and lead workshops. Additionally, each student has received an Intersections Doctoral […]

Congratulations to the First Completing Class of UF Mellon Intersections Scholars

“How can we engage ethical issues in public life?” “What would the world look like without mass incarceration?” As members of the first completing class of the UF Mellon Intersections Scholars program, six undergraduate students set out to answer one of these grand-challenge questions. These Intersections Scholars took three relevant courses from three different disciplines, […]

Intersections on Global Blackness and Latinx Identity Receives Course-Project Grant to Support Spring 2020 Student Conference and Music Workshop

The University of Florida Intersections program announces the award of an Intersections Course-Project Grant to the Intersections Group on Global Blackness and Latinx Identity. This grant will allow the group to plan student-focused events that enhance learning across courses participating in the Intersections Scholar on Global Blackness and Latinx Identity designation. The course-project includes a […]

Intersections on Ethics and the Public Sphere Receives Course-Project Grant to Support 2019-20 Ethics Cafés, Mini-Conferences, and Community Panels

Intersections on Ethics and the Public Sphere Receives Course-Project Grant to Support 2019-20 Ethics Cafés, Mini-Conferences, and Community Panels The University of Florida Intersections program announces the award of an Intersections Course-Project Grant to the Intersections Group on Ethics and the Public Sphere. This grant will enable the group to plan experiential activities to enrich […]

Intersections Doctoral Student Mini-Grants Awarded

Intersections Doctoral Student Mini-Grants Awarded Intersections: Animating Conversations with the Humanities announces the award of Intersections Doctoral Student Mini-Grants of $4,500 each to doctoral student members of the Intersections Groups. These awards will enhance the doctoral students’ understanding of the broader significance of their dissertation research in the context of the Intersections Groups’ grand-challenge questions. These […]

UF Intersections launches Intersections Scholars Program for Undergraduates

UF Intersections launches Intersections Scholars Program for Undergraduates The University of Florida Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere announces the launch of the new Intersections Scholars program for undergraduate students of any major. The Intersections Scholars program combines cutting-edge humanities research with undergraduate education by introducing students to grand-challenge questions that face our […]

Announcing Appointments of Intersections Groups Doctoral Student Members

Intersections: Animating Conversations with the Humanities announces the appointments of Intersections doctoral student members. The graduate students will join faculty and staff Intersection Group members  in advancing research on grand-challenge questions and development of associated course opportunities. These graduate students represent the Departments of Classics, English, Journalism, Religion, Political Science, and Computer & Information Science […]

Four UF Mellon Intersections Groups receive Intersections Research-Into-Teaching Grants totaling $120,000 (2018-2020)

The University of Florida (UF) announces its inaugural Intersections Research-Into-Teaching Grants, organized by the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere and made possible with $400,000 in funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Awards of $30,000 to four Intersections Groups will support UF faculty and staff working together across disciplines on research […]

Announcing February and March Intersections Grant Feasibility Meetings

If you are considering forming or participating in a group applying for an Intersections Research-into-Teaching Grant, we invite your group members to participate in a feasibility meeting at the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere. The meetings will be facilitated by Bess de Farber and aimed at enhancing and improving your project and […]

Introducing Grand-Challenge Questions in the Humanities

What is a Grand-Challenge Question? Put simply, a grand-challenge question is a complex puzzle that requires multiple disciplinary perspectives to understand. The idea that a “challenge” can organize and orient scholarly work on particular issues can be traced back to German mathematician David Hilbert, who used his address “The Problems of Mathematics” at the 1900 […]

UF receives $400,000 Mellon Grant to address “Grand-Challenge questions”

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —UF has received a three-year $400,000 grant award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the integration of humanities perspectives and methodologies into general education and advanced courses that address “grand challenge” questions. “We want all our students to have an exceptional college education, and that means engaging with the humanities in […]