Public Scholarship

The Simpson Center advances scholarship as a publicly engaged practice, promoting mutually beneficial partnerships between higher education and organizations in the public and private sectors and providing pathways for scholars to share their academic work with broader public audiences.

Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics

This four-year program, launched in summer 2015, forges innovative forms of scholarship and teaching beyond traditional academic circles, supported by a four-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Certificate in Public Scholarship 

This groundbreaking program provides graduate students an opportunity to integrate their scholarly and social commitments in the context of their intellectual and professional development.

Public Scholarship/Community Engagement Awards 

These awards support humanities-based research, teaching, and engagement projects that promote dialogue, exchange, and collaboration between UW scholars and the greater Seattle community. (Learn more about applying.)

2017-18 Awards:

  • Texts and Teachers, a curriculum development program and university/high school collaboration running since 2000

Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities

This lecture series features leading thinkers such as Cathy N. Davidson, Doris Sommer, and Robin D.G. Kelley in events that are free and open to the public


Past and Ongoing Programs and Projects

Find more in the Public Scholarship archive.

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