Projects lead by four LAS faculty members have been awarded funding for the Mellon Foundation initiative "Humanities Without Walls: The Global Midwest."
The awarded projects are as follows:
- Associate Professor Christopher Boyer (History and Latin American and Latino Studies): "Cultivating Landscapes: Midwestern Farming and Mexican Cornfields"
- Associate Professor Jennifer Brier (Gender and Women's Studies and History) and Elena Gutierrez (Gender and Women's Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies): "Collaborative Collection of Chicago's Community Histories"
- Assistant Professor Rachel Havrelock (English): "The Great Lakes: Global Water and International Boundaries"
- Associate Professor Amalia Pallares (Latin American and Latino Studies and Political Science): "Trans-displacements: Migration, Gentrification and Citizenship"
As the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities website states, "This project links the consortial partners in a common commitment to research and dialogue around a set of important, mutually articulated problems of broad public interest. Its principal long-term objectives are to reveal and rethink the Midwest as a major force in this century’s global economy and culture for scholars, policy-makers, government officials, social scientists, and an enlightened public and to demonstrate how the 'applied humanities,' through collaborations of artists, scholars in the humanities, and scientists (both social and natural), can contribute to the work on grand intellectual challenges."