Humanities in Action scholars have been matched with community partners for the fall 2023 semester to address a vital area of need in the Champaign-Urbana community.
Meet the 2023–2024 Humanities in Action scholars, with students from the colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Applied Health Sciences, and Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
What is it like to be a TA with the Humanities Research Lab? We recently sat down with Flor Quiroz, a teaching assistant with the Humanities Research Laboratory to learn more about her experience.
HRI's 2023–24 Campus Fellows and Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellow in Public Humanities represent a range of disciplines and interests from the Colleges of Education, Fine and Applied Arts, and Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Professor Jenny L. Davis talks with HRI about her latest book, the poetry collection Trickster Academy, her early love of language, and how creative work fits in with her wide-ranging interdisciplinary academic endeavors.
The fellows hail from a range of disciplines and home colleges, including Fine and Applied Arts, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Applied Health Sciences, and Social Work.
Odyssey Project students collaborated with Chicago artist Rafael Blanco to create an interior mural in Levis Faculty Center. The result? A powerful piece of public art and an experience cultivating creativity, joy, and community.
The humanities research lab course HIST 386 cultivated collaborations that led to a student-created website exploring the rise of gun violence in Champaign-Urbana.
Learn about Julia Rzasinska, an intern with the Odyssey Project. Odyssey provides low-income adults in East Central Illinois access to free credit-bearing humanities courses, taught by instructors at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
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.
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.
The Humanities Without Walls Consortium (HWW) has announced five new projects funded by the third Grand Research Challenge. Each of the five interdisciplinary research teams will receive an award of $150,000 over a two-year period, provided by a Mellon grant.
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.
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."
HRI's first Mellon Interseminars Project is announced. The new initiative supports interdisciplinary research and graduate education innovation in the arts and humanities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.