Congratulations to UCHI Dissertation Fellow Allison Horrocks

This April, 2015-16 UCHI Dissertation Fellow, Allison Horrocks successfully defended her doctoral thesis. She has accepted a position with the National Park Service and the recently established Blackstone River Valley National Historic Park, to begin after she completes her doctorate this May. Encompassing several sites from Worcester, MA, to Providence, RI, the heritage corridor is dedicated to histories of the Industrial Revolution and textiles in the U.S. (http://www.nps.gov/blac/index.htm). Allison will be working with local non-profits and other stakeholders to develop the new park’s engagement plan and public programs.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend Program

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to announce the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend Program.  The Summer Stipend Program will only accept two nominations per institution (NEH recognizes UConn Storrs and UConn Health Center as separate institutions), and as such the OVPR will be conducting an internal screening process.

Recipients usually produce scholarly articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources while receiving the NEH summer stipend. Successful applicants will be awarded a stipend of $6,000.

NEH Summer stipends support:

·         Individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

·         Continuous full-time work on humanities projects for a period of two consecutive months.

·         Projects at any stage of development.

·         Projects beginning May 2017.

Limited Submission

Because only two nominations can be submitted for this program, an internal screening process is required.  If you are considering submitting an application for this program, an on-line Notification of Intent to Submit must be completed by the requested Intent to Submit Deadline.

When submitting pre-proposals for the internal screening process, please review the Guidelines for updates. Pre-proposals not adhering to these guidelines and instructions will be returned.

Program Requirements

Limit:  Two nominations from each institution
Intent to Submit Deadline: 6/6/2016
Internal Screening Deadline: 7/1/2016
Sponsor Deadline:  9/29/2016, 11:59 PM (Eastern Time)
Submit e-proposals to: research@uconn.edu

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office seeks applicants for a full-time, annually renewable position as a Financial Assistant 1 (UCP 1) for the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute.

The Humanities Institute is an expanding interdisciplinary center facing new and exciting challenges both administratively and intellectually. Under the direction of the Director of the Institute, the incumbent will maintain and be closely involved in the financial and grant-reporting transactions for the Institute’s activities, including the implementation of the Institute’s new multi-million dollar research and engagement project.

Duties and Responsibilities: Analyzing and verifying details of transactions such as invoices, requisitions and other disbursements in conjunction with university and college policies and procedures; providing statistical information on various grant and Institute expenditures and compiling regular reports utilizing electronic spreadsheets and databases; providing data for budget preparation and monitoring expenditures for compliance with approved budget limits and staffing; assisting with organization and implementation of the Institute’s expanding fellowship and event programming and performing related organizational duties as required.

For information about the UCHI, visit http://humanities.uconn.edu/

Minimum Qualifications: Associate’s degree in accounting or bookkeeping and two years’ experience in accounting or bookkeeping.

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree; experience in humanities or arts administration, experience or degree in accounting, finance, business or related field; experience working in a higher education setting; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; demonstrated customer service skills and excellent computer skills including experience with Microsoft programs and social media.

Appointment Terms:   This is a full time position through June 30, 2019.  On July 1, 2019, the position will revert to a permanent 54% appointment with the potential for additional hours.

To Apply: For full consideration apply to UConn Careers at http://hr.uconn.edu/jobs/, please upload a well-written letter outlining your qualifications for the position, resume and a list of 3 professional references and their contact information.   Screening will begin immediately and the search will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.  Priority will be given to applications received by May 17.   Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2016346).

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on May 22, 2016.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.


The University of Connecticut Humanities Institute is pleased to announce its Residential Faculty and Dissertation Fellowship awards for 2016-17:

External Faculty Fellowships

Robert T. Chase (History – Stony Brook University) – “Civil Rights on the Cell Block: Prisoners’ Rights Movements and the Construction of Carceral States, 1945-1995” Leo J. Garafalo (History – Connecticut College) – “Forging a Place in the Spanish Empire: Black European Sailors, Soldiers, and Traders to the Americas”

UConn Faculty Fellowships

Anna Mae Duane (English) – “Strange Place Blues: The Unusual Education of Three African American Leaders” Mark Healey (History) – “Waterscapes of Power in the Dry Lands of Argentina, 1880-2000”
 Daniel Hershenzon (Literatures, Cultures & Languages) – “Captivity, Commerce, and Communication: Early Modern Spain and the Mediterranean” Daniel Silvermint (Philosophy) – “Complicit Identities: The Ethics of Looking Out for Yourself”
Christine Sylvester (Political Science) – “Objects of War: Whose Wars Are on View? Dimitris Xygalatas (Anthropology) – “Homo Ritualis. Extreme Rituals as Social Technologies”

UConn Dissertation Fellowships:

DRAPER Dissertation Fellow

Jeffrey R. Egan (History) – “Watershed Decisions: The Environmental History of the Quabbin Reservoir, 1880-1940”

  DRAPER Dissertation Fellow

Melanie Meinzer (Political Science) – “Contested Consciousness: Foreign Aid and Palestinian Education in the West Bank and Jordan”

UCHI Dissertation Fellow

Troy Messick (Linguistics) – “The Morphosyntax of Self-Ascription: A Cross-Linguistic Study”

UCHI Dissertation Fellow

George Moore (English) – “The Return of Dagon: Failed Iconoclasm in Early Modern English Literature”

Cathy Gutierrez, The Perfect Problem: Eugenics and Utopia in Religious Discourse,

James Barnett Lecture Series in Humanistic Anthropology

Religion and Public Discourse 

May 2nd, 2016

Date: 2:15 PM – 3:45PM

Place: Austin 301

All lectures will be held at The Humanities Institute (UCHI), Austin Building, Room 301. For more information please contact Richard Sosis (richard.sosis@uconn.edu). Please contact uchi@uconn.edu or 486-9057 to reserve a seat.

Cathy Gutierrez is a Scholar in Residence at the New York Public Library where she is finishing her new work, The Deviant and the Dead: Spiritualism and the Sciences of Crime. She was a Professor of Religion at Sweet Briar College where she taught for eighteen years. Her primary research interests are nineteenth-century Spiritualism and the history of esotericism, particularly where they intersect with ideas of consciousness. She has published on the Free Love movement in America, Theosophy, millennialism, and the Freemasons. Her monograph, Plato’s Ghost: Spiritualism in the American Renaissance (Oxford University Press 2009), examines the American legacy of Neoplatonism in popular religious expression and she is the editor several collections, most recently the Brill Handbook of Spiritualism and Channeling (2015).

Building a 3D Human Rights Platform Witness Testimony and Spatial History in South Africa, talk by Dr. Angel Nieves

Associate  Professor of  Africana  Studies & Digital  Humanites,  Hamilton  College

April 28, 12:30-2pm

Humanities Institute, Austin 301

How do we map violence, resistance, and freedom across space and time? Dr. Angel David Nieves will discuss the considerations and challenges in the design and development of a digital platform for human rights and historical recovery work for use in communities not only in South Africa, but across the African Diaspora.

Supported by funding from the Department of History; Digital Media & Design Department, UCHI, and UConn Global Affairs



‘Be Not Afraid of Greatness:’ Shakespeare’s First Folio Coming to UConn

Recent news coverage of the discovery in Scotland of a previously unknown first edition of William Shakespeare’s collected works has brought increased interest to the national traveling exhibition “First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare.” That exhibition is coming to UConn in the fall, and will be on display at the William Benton Museum of Art from Sept. 2 to 25.

The “First Folio” is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays published by two of his fellow actors in 1623, seven years after the Bard’s death on April 23. The collection includes 18 plays that would otherwise have been lost, including “Macbeth,” Julius Caesar,” “Twelfth Night,” “The Tempest,” “Antony and Cleopatra,” “The Comedy of Errors,” and “As You Like It.”

The national tour is being hosted by one institution in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s passing this year. The tour is a partnership between The Folger Shakespeare Library, Cincinnati Museum Center, and the American Library Association.

“As an institution with a strong history of championing the dramatic classics through our resident theater, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, we are very proud to have the opportunity to host this exhibition for our state,” says Anne D’Alleva, dean of UConn’s School of Fine Arts. “This is an important document in the life of the arts, and for our students and wider community to experience here on campus.”

Michael Patrick Lynch reading/signing – Tuesday April 26, 2016 – 5:30pm to 7:00pm, UConn Co-op Bookstore

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 – 5:30pm to 7:00pm

UConn Co-op Bookstore

With far-reaching implications, this urgent treatise promises to revolutionize our understanding of what it means to be human in the digital age.
We used to say “seeing is believing”; now googling is believing. With 24/7 access to nearly all of the world’s information at our fingertips, we no longer trek to the library or the encyclopedia shelf in search of answers. We just open our browsers, type in a few keywords and wait for the information to come to us. Indeed, the Internet has revolutionized the way we learn and know, as well as how we interact with each other. And yet this explosion of technological innovation has also produced a curious paradox: even as we know more, we seem to understand less.
Michael P. Lynch is a writer and professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut, where he directs the Humanities Institute. He is the author or editor of seven books, including, most recently, In Praise of Reason: Why Rationality Matters for Democracy, as well as Truth as One and Many and the New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice True to Life. The recipient of the Medal for Research Excellence from the University of Connecticut’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Lynch has held grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times‘s The Stone series.