PHI News

Public Humanities Fellow Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah is a recipient of the 2017 Presidential Teaching Award for Graduate Student Instructors.Three graduate student instructor (teaching assistant) recipients are recognized each year during the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Convocation ceremony in May. Winners receive a certificate signed by President Bollinger, a formal citation written by their department, and an honorarium of $8,000. Additionally, the winners may also be recognized in University-wide and departmental publications.

The Center for Justice at Columbia University announces the June Jordan Fellowship, named in honor of the renowned Harlem-born poet and activist. In each of the next two years, fellowships will be awarded to literary, visual, musical and performance artists who are committed to public engagement. “This fellowship was a dream of the Center for Justice from the very beginning of our work in harnessing the resources of Columbia University to reduce mass incarceration and promote alternative approaches to safety and justice,” said Geraldine Downey, Director of the Center for Justice. “We hope that bringing the various parts of our community together in an artistic endeavor will yield concrete proposals and actionable results on how the literary and performing arts can act as a catalyst for social change.”

An endowment gift of $500,000 will allow Columbia University to establish the Edward W. Said Fellowship. Animated by, and aiming to promote, the spirit of Professor Said, this Fellowship will support promising scholars early in their careers to produce scholarship that crosses disciplinary boundaries, promotes humanistic inquiry in the service of intercultural communication and understanding, and engages the public.

2017-2018 Heyman Center Public Humanities Fellowship, in Partnership with Humanities New York The Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University and Humanities New York (formerly, the New York Council for the Humanities) announce a call for applications for the 2017-2018 Heyman Center Public Humanities Fellowship.  Please note that only current Columbia graduate students and recent doctoral recipients (PhD awarded after January 2016) are eligible to apply.

By Larissa MacFarquhar Formerly incarcerated undergrads started a group on campus to offer mentoring, support, and advocacy to other former inmates.

Letting Scopes Collide at the Kaleidoscope Project  by Nicole Gervasio, Public Humanities Fellow "During the closing open mic for the Kaleidoscope Project, a diversity-based literacy and creative writing workshop that I created for underserved teens in New York City, one of my favorite students hung out while I tidied up. Five-foot-nothing with a quicksilver sense of humor, she is the tiniest soon-to-be varsity basketball player I know. I asked her how she felt about resuming school. “I’m looking forward to not being so bored all the time,” she shrugged. “But my English teachers hate me.”