Hall Center For The Humanities

Simons Public Humanities Fellowship

This innovative program brings one Simons Fellow to the Hall Center and KU to participate in the intellectual life of the university for a period ranging from one month to one semester.  Made possible by a gift from the Simons Family of Lawrence with matching funds from a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant, the Fellowship gives individuals of experience and accomplishment from outside the university the time and freedom to re-engage with humanities-based learning.  At the same time, the Hall Center and the University benefit from the presence of an accomplished leader from beyond the academy. 

In consultation with the Hall Center Director and appropriate faculty, the Simons Fellow will formulate an individualized course of self-study and/or research prior to their arrival in Lawrence.  The Fellow is invited to participate in all Hall Center activities, including lectures, colloquia, the resident fellows seminar, and the ongoing faculty seminars, and will be asked to share his or her experience in a variety of settings, including a public lecture at the end of the fellowship period.

To facilitate their course of study and research, and to assist with housing and other expenses, the Simons Fellow will receive a stipend of up to $20,000.  The Fellow’s employer is encouraged to bridge any difference between stipend and salary and to continue health care and other benefits.

Interested individuals may apply at any time.  Please submit a resume or CV and cover letter to Hall Center Director Victor Bailey at vbailey@ku.edu.  The cover letter should include your proposed dates of residence, a description of your project, and the name(s) of faculty with whom you would like to work.
If you have questions, please contact the Hall Center at hallcenter@ku.edu or 785-864-4798.

Next Available Fellowship will be Fall 2015.


Current Simons Public Humanities Fellow

Henry Fortunato, Director of Public Affairs, Kansas City Public Library

Previous Simons Public Humanities Fellows
Bill Lattanzi--Science writer
Randy Klein--Composer and Pianist
Shirley Christian – Journalist
Ann Hagedorn – Journalist, Author
David Balakrishnan – Composer, Musician
Katja Esson – Filmmaker Update: Katja released a documentary, Poetry of Resilience, in 2011, which was nominated for the most prestigious Cinema and Peace Award at the Berlin Film Festival. This is one of the biggest human rights awards in the world. Visit Katja's website here.
Von Hardesty -- Author, Curator
Derek Schmidt – Lawyer, Politician


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