Features

Class-Community Partnership Explores Roots of Community Violence

Taught by Dr. Tariq Khan (History) in spring 2022, the humanities research lab course HIST 386 cultivated collaborations between students and the community that led to a student-created website exploring the rise of gun violence in Champaign-Urbana.

Intern Spotlight: Sarah Boghossian

We recently spoke with HRI's communications and outreach intern Sarah Boghossian, a junior majoring in English. HRI's internship program is an opportunity for undergraduate students in the humanities to assist HRI with its communications strategy and undergraduate engagement.

Intern Spotlight: Elena Vara

We recently spoke with David F. Prindable intern Elena Vara, a junior majoring in Global Studies and Spanish. The David F. Prindable internship program is an opportunity for undergraduate students in the humanities to assist HRI with its communications strategy and undergraduate engagement.

Intern Spotlight: Alice Lee

We recently spoke with Legal Humanities intern Alice Lee, a senior majoring in Political Science and Psychology. The HRI-Mellon Legal Humanities Research Group is a multi-generational team of faculty, post-doctoral and graduate students, and undergraduate interns, all exploring research at the intersection of humanities and the law.

Interseminars Graduate Fellows Announced

Congratulations to the first cohort of Interseminars graduate fellows: nine students from a range of disciplines and home colleges, including Education, Fine and Applied Arts, and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Humanities Without Walls Announces Grand Research Challenge Awardees

The Humanities Without Walls Consortium (HWW) has announced five new projects funded by the third Grand Research Challenge, which provides grants for teams pursuing research with a commitment to methodologies of reciprocity and redistribution. Each of the five interdisciplinary research teams will receive an award of $150,000 over a two-year period, provided by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Festival of Writers to Feature Leading Literary Voices November 12–13, 2021

A Festival of Writers—featuring the award-winning Roxane Gay, Jericho Brown and Tracy K. Smith—will be presented at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13, 2021. The culmination of the Year of Creative Writers series, this festival spotlights some of the nation’s leading creative writers and authors.

5 Questions with Judith Pintar

Judith Pintar explains how the undergraduate minor in Game Studies Design stemmed from an HRI research cluster "Playful by Design." "I feel quite grateful for the blessing that HRI gave us to go forth, see what the interest was and make something that lasts."

Inaugural Interseminars Project

HRI's first Mellon Interseminars Project is announced. The new initiative supports interdisciplinary research and graduate education innovation in the arts and humanities.

The Power of "Why": Inaugural Humanities Research Lab

We put five questions to Professor Jane Desmond, who is teaching the inaugural Humanities Research Lab course ANTH 126. She talks about the course, the complexity of human-animal relationships, and the power of humanities research to contribute solutions to build healthier, more resilient communities.

Changing Course: Creative Adaptation Brings History 202 to Expanded Audiences

How do you remake a traditional in-person semester-long course into a fully online, asynchronous 8-week class? Professor Bob Morrissey (History) did just that, with the help of recent graduate Sarah Gediman, environmental humanities colleagues, and support through Mellon funding.

Get to Know: Augustus Wood, Podcast Host

We put five questions to the host of HRI's forthcoming podcast "Off the Shelf." Get to know Augustus Wood, his research and interests, and what he hopes listeners gain by tuning in to the podcast.

Year-End Greetings from HRI

We invite you to view a recap of some of HRI's 2020 highlights. With deep gratitude, we thank each and every one of you for your commitment to amplifying the humanities.

Environmental Humanities Group Launches New Publications

The first cohort of the Mellon Environmental Humanities Research Group launched the Flatland website to showcase their collaborations, while the undergraduate interns creatively pivoted from a canceled symposium to a published book.

Odyssey Alumni Reflect on Program's Impact

According to a recent survey, 80 percent of Odyssey graduates have enrolled in additional college courses. Two recent Odyssey alumni shared with us the impact of the program and their continuing education experiences.

HRI Fellow David Wright Published in The New Yorker

English Professor David Wright, who was an HRI faculty fellow in 2017–18, recently published a new story in The New Yorker that saw its first external audience in the HRI Fellows Seminar.