The Simpson Center is committed to advancing scholarship as a publicly engaged practice, a field often referred to as the public humanities. Public scholarship promotes mutually-beneficial partnerships between higher education and organizations in the public and private sectors and provides pathways for scholars to share their academic work with broader public audiences.
Current Programs and Projects
- Certificate in Public Scholarship provides graduate students an opportunity to integrate their scholarly and social commitments in the context of their intellectual and professional development
- Public Scholarship awards support humanities-based research, teaching, and engagement projects that promote dialogue, exchange, and collaboration between UW scholars and the greater Seattle community
- Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities feature leading thinkers such as Cathy N. Davidson, Doris Sommer, and Robin D.G. Kelley in events that are free and open to the public
- Women Who Rock, an annual participant-driven conference and film festival; oral history archive hosted by the University of Washington Libraries Digital Initiatives Program, and project-based coursework for graduate student and undergraduates
Past Programs and Projects
- Transformative Education Behind Bars, a project on teaching in regional correctional facilities and expanding educational access for incarcerated students
- Texts and Teachers, a curriculum development program and university/high school collaboration that has been in existence since 2000
- Institute on the Public Humanities for Doctoral Students, offered graduate fellows an intensive week-long exploration of diverse practices of community-based cultural research, teaching, and engagement
Read more in the Public Scholarship Archive.