Widening Access to Global Literary and Cultural Canons

Presenting Public Programming on Literature and Religion in the Humanities Divya Nair, current Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Humanities as a Social Practice, is a scholar, artist, and public humanist. She works on race, empire, religion, and classical reception in Anglophone literature between 1500 and 1800 within a global historiographic framework. She completed her Ph.D. and […]

Fellowship Invites Community Conversation on Political Stakes of Storytelling

Research Focused on Movement of Ideas Across Cultures Eva Kuras (Comparative and World Literature), the 2022–23 Mellon Pre-Doctoral Public Humanities Fellow,  writes about her fellowship project, what drew her to this work, and what “public humanities” means to her. What motivated you to apply for the Mellon Pre-Doctoral Public Humanities Fellowship? I have always been […]

Archival Research Traces Indigenous Mexican Migration to U.S. South

Yuridia Ramírez (History) is a 2022–2023 HRI Campus Faculty Fellow. Ramírez’s project, “Indigeneity on the Move: Transborder Politics from Michoacán to North Carolina,” traces the movement of P’urhépecha migrants from Cherán, Michoacán, México, to and from North Carolina during the late twentieth century. Learn more about HRI’s Campus Fellowship Program, which supports a cohort of faculty […]

Odyssey Project Mural Ignites Communal Spark

Earlier this month, Odyssey Project students collaborated with Chicago artist Rafael Blanco to create an interior mural in Levis Faculty Center over the course of three days. The painting, which spans nearly 20 feet wide by 6-and-a-half feet tall, features a background of bright, multicolored stripes with a portrait of an African American woman and […]

Weaving a Tapestry of Voices

Exploring What’s Possible in Public Humanities Azlan Smith (Creative Writing), current Mellon Pre-Doctoral Public Humanities Fellow and Odyssey Project instructor, writes about their fellowship project, what drew them to this work, and what “public humanities” means to them. Learn more about the Voices project. Art, research, study, storytelling—all of these are fundamentally public activities. I […]