Museums: Humanities in the Public Sphere

MUSEUMS: HUMANITIES IN THE PUBLIC SPHEREThis four-week NEH Summer Institute for college and university teachers will bring the rich and diverse histories of America’s public museums into wider use for teaching and research in the humanities. The institute approaches museums as sites for interdisciplinary inquiry into advances in humanistic and scientific research, the effects of ongoing international conflicts, the speed of evolving technologies, and ethical debates over privacy, sustainability, and cultural heritage.

The institute will be codirected by Karen Bassi (Univ. of California, Santa Cruz) and Gretchen Henderson (Georgetown Univ. and Univ. of California, Santa Cruz). Weekly lectures and seminars will be led by six outstanding visiting faculty members and a renowned visiting artist, working together with local museum specialists. Complemented by carefully chosen readings, excellent library resources, and targeted museum visits as case studies, the institute is guided by the principle that museums offer windows on the educational, ethical, and cultural debates that define the humanities today.

Individuals selected to participate will receive a $3,300 stipend. These taxable stipends are intended to help cover travel expenses to and from the project location, books and other research expenses, and living expenses for the duration of the period spent in residence at Georgetown University.

The application deadline is 1 March 2019. For more information, visit