Humanities Lab Course Development Grants
The application period for 2019-20 Humanities Lab funding has closed. Humanities Lab funding applications for 2020-21 are due January 3, 2020.
The Leslie Center for the Humanities invites applications for course development stipends for Humanities Labs. Successful applicants may receive up to $5,000 for approved course-related expenses. Many Humanities faculty have already imported to the humanistic disciplines the observation, hands-on experimentation, and skill-building perspectives that the general public tends to associate with the natural sciences laboratory approach. Through the Humanities Labs program, we now seek to popularize these rewarding practices more broadly across our disciplines, and to draw attention to their use.
Humanities Labs encourage us to move beyond the classroom and embrace the world as an ideal learning space. Museums and archives expand that learning space and offer new experiences, while our community or region can become a "classroom without walls." The lab definition is flexible enough to incorporate a variety of contexts and approaches. Labs must move beyond the traditional classroom experience typically associated with the humanities to involve some combination of experimentation, observation, hands-on learning, creating new knowledge, public dissemination of that knowledge, and creative production. Labs are sometimes divided into the following groups:
- Object-centered: e.g. learning enriched by museum collections;
- Archive-based: e.g. guided research in the library's special collections;
- Social impact projects: e.g. teaching philosophy or arts to children;
- Fieldwork: e.g. on-site history of Native Americans in Maine/N.E.; or
- Arts-centric: e.g. mounting a production in faculty-directed plays, performing in faculty-conducted concerts, or curating a faculty-initiated exhibition.
Proposals are invited from all departments and programs in the Humanities, and other humanistic disciplines broadly defined. Courses must be taught in the 2020-21 academic year. The proposal should include the following:
- Your name, position, and department/program affiliation;
- Proposed title and level of the course;
- Term in 2020-21 in which the course will be offered;
- Anticipated enrollment;
- Detailed course description that includes the following:
- Course summary;
- Description of what makes the course a lab;
- Goals and objectives of the course;
- Preliminary list of works or texts;
- Activity such as lectures or presentations by faculty other than yourself;
- Field trips or other activity outside of the classroom;
- The current ORC course description if this will be a modification of an existing course.
- Written agreement or statement of support from any external organization involved in the Humanities Lab aspects of the course (e.g. museum, library, school, etc.);
- Detailed budget;
- List of activity related to the course that will require administrative support.
The deadline for submitting proposals for 2020-21 Humanities Lab grants is January 3, 2020. Proposals will be reviewed and voted on by the Center's Advisory Committee in the January 2020 meeting.
Please email proposals, and any questions, to [email protected]