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Simpson Center for the Humanities

Public Scholarship Archive

  • The Institute on the Public Humanities for Doctoral Students (2003-2008) offered graduate fellows an intensive week-long exploration of diverse practices of community-based cultural research, teaching, and engagement. Read more
  • The Simpson Professorship in the Public Humanities (2004-2007) modeled an alternative to sabbatical leave, providing deep support for local, community-relevant research. Katharyne Mitchell (Geography) held the three-year term professorship; her community-engaged project, Reclaiming Childhood, undertook a collaborative, interdisciplinary examination of the changing nature of contemporary childhood.
  • Teachers as Scholars (2000-2009), co-sponsored with local non-profit Seattle Arts & Lectures, offered liberal arts seminars for K-12 teachers, led by UW faculty on topics such as the art of Frida Kahlo, the graphic novel, and global health.
  • Wednesday University (2001-2010), also co-sponsored with Seattle Arts & Lectures, offered non-credit, public-access, lecture courses on arts, culture, and politics, taught by UW faculty.  Seattle Arts & Lectures now offers similar courses independently.

View the Public Scholarship/Community Engagement Awards archive.