GLC Newsletter, November 16
Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Newsletter for November 16, 2015
See below this week’s GLC e-newsletter. For more information about our events, programs, and resources, please also visit our website at glc.yale.edu and follow us on Facebook. Feel free to pass this information along to friends and colleagues.
In this newsletter:
1. GLC Upcoming Events
Dr. Lonnie Bunch Lecture (12/8)
2. GLC 2016-2017 Funding Opportunities
2016-17 Postdoctoral and Faculty Fellowships
2016-17 Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery Fellowship
3. In the News
- What Divides Us?: An Interview with Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway
- Georgetown University to rename two buildings that reflect school’s ties to slavery
GLC Upcoming Events
Tuesday, December 8, 2015. 4:00 pm
Lonnie Bunch, Founding Director, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
“The Challenge of Building a National Museum”
Location: Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510
This talk will explore the history and struggle to create the National Museum of African American History and Culture focusing on a variety of challenges including building on the Mall, conceptual frameworks, public expectations, and contextual terrain of race. Lonnie Bunch, Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, discusses the strategies used to successfully navigate these challenges and in doing so reveals the current status and future projections for the Museum. Ultimately, Mr. Bunch explores how the National Museum will help the Smithsonian transition from a 19th century institution to a 21st century enterprise.
Co-sponsored by the Franke Program in Science and the Humanities, the Yale-Smithsonian Partnership for Research and Public Engagement, the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Public Humanities Program at Yale.
GLC Fellowship Opportunities
GLC One-month and Four-month Postdoctoral Fellowships
Location: New Haven, CT
APPLY HERE: http://apply.interfolio.com/32913
Closes: Feb 15, 2016 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
The GLC offers a limited number of postdoctoral fellowships designed to support both established and younger scholars in researching projects that can be linked to the aims of the center. Four-month and one-month fellowships are available for the academic year.
The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University invites applications for its 2016-2017 Fellowship Program. The Center seeks to promote a better understanding of all aspects of the institution of slavery from the earliest times to the present. We especially welcome proposals that will utilize the special collections of the Yale University Libraries or other research collections of the New England area, and explicitly engage issues of slavery, resistance, abolition, and their legacies. Scholars from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. To support both established and younger scholars in researching projects that can be linked to the aims of the Center, the GLC offers two types of residential fellowships:
The Gilder Lehrman Center will award several one-month fellowships between September 2016 and May 2017. Please specify your preference for residency in your application. The one-month fellowships are designed for scholars who are working on short-term projects including articles, book chapters, or other research endeavors. The one-month fellowship provides support of $3,500, plus library privileges and office space.
The Gilder Lehrman Center will award two four-month fellowships, one in the fall semester (from September to December 2016), and one in the spring semester (from either January to April 2017 or February to May 2017). Please specify your preference for residency in your application. The four-month fellowships are designed for scholars who are working on short-term projects including articles, book chapters, or other research endeavors. The four-month fellowship provides support of $14,000, plus health insurance (if requested), library privileges, and office space.
Applicants MUST have received the Ph.D. prior to the beginning of their appointment. Both established and younger scholars are invited to apply. Fellows will be expected to participate in the intellectual life of the GLC and the larger Yale community, and to acknowledge the support of the GLC and the MacMillan Center in publications and lectures that stem from research conducted during the fellowship term. All fellows will be expected to offer one public lecture during their tenure at Yale.
To apply to the Gilder Lehrman Center Fellowship Program, you are required to submit the following materials via Interfolio:
- Cover Letter
- Curriculum Vitae (CV),
- Two letters of recommendation
- Three to five page statement regarding intended research project (research statement)
A complete application, including letters of recommendation, must be uploaded to the Interfolio website at http://apply.interfolio.com/32913 by February 15, 2016. No late applications will be accepted.
For additional information, please email email@example.com.
GLC Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery Fellowship
Location: New Haven, CT
APPLY HERE: http://apply.interfolio.com/33005
Closes: Feb 15, 2016 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (GMT-5 hours)
The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (GLC), part of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University, invites applications for a residential fellowship from scholars and public intellectuals to study the fundamental origins and circumstances surrounding debt bondage, forced labor, human trafficking, and other forms of modern day slavery. Traditional academics as well as writers/researchers without academic institutional affiliation are encouraged to apply. The Center is offering one fellowship in 2016-17.
This is an interdisciplinary fellowship program, based in history and the social sciences, which aims to promote innovative research on the origins and conditions that lead to contemporary slavery. In recent years many NGOs and other activists have worked very hard to provide data, to engage in intervention, and to raise public and governmental awareness on this international problem. At the GLC and at Yale, and at other cooperating institutions such as the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati we believe the issues of modern slavery would benefit from a more robust research base rooted in, but not necessarily limited to, historical analysis and interpretation.
The Fellow will be expected to be in full-time residence during the academic year beginning September 1, 2016. An earned doctorate in a relevant field or alternatively equivalent qualifications for research and teaching are expected for the successful candidate. In addition to working on his/her own research project, the Fellow is expected to teach one course related to his/her research and hold related office hours for students, and offer one public lecture or conduct a workshop. The Fellow is also expected to interact with students and faculty, contribute to the intellectual life of the Center, and participate in its collective activities and development. Ideally, the fellow will also complete a significant publication during his/her residency.
Under the direction of Professor David W. Blight, the Center fosters an intellectual community at Yale through the interaction of students, faculty, and visiting scholars interested in the understanding of all aspects of the institution of slavery from the earliest times to the present. The Center organizes various activities, including lectures, speaker series, workshops, and conferences. For more information, visit glc.yale.edu.
Stipend and Resource Information
The successful fellow will receive an academic year stipend of $55,000 plus individual health insurance coverage. All Gilder Lehrman Center Fellows will have full access to the Yale University libraries and email. Normally, Fellows can expect shared office space, computer access and basic office supplies. Interested candidates, who have other sources of funding, may apply with a clear indication of their funding situation. All applicants should indicate clearly whether they are seeking full or partial funding.
Applicants should apply through Interfolio and must include the following:
- Cover letter, including current e-mail address
- Current curriculum vitae, including publications
- A 1500-word description of the proposed research project. The description should include the background, nature, importance, specific objectives, and methodology of the proposed research project.
- Two letters of recommendation. Referees should discuss the candidate’s teaching ability as well as other points. Letters of reference can be uploaded directly by the referees through the online application site.
- An official university transcript (graduate level, if applicable).
- A summary of the proposed course (300-word max)
A complete application, including letters of recommendation, must be uploaded to the Interfolio website at http://apply.interfolio.com/33005 by February 15, 2016. No late applications will be accepted.
For additional information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the News
What Divides Us?: An Interview with Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway
By Jelani Cobb
The New Yorker
November 15, 2015
Amid the many conversations these past two weeks about racism and free speech at Yale University, one moment stood out. Last Thursday afternoon, hundreds gathered and expressed their grievances about the treatment of students of color to Jonathan Holloway, the first African-American dean of Yale College. Holloway, a historian of civil rights, is at the center of a campus conflict about liberalism and education as well as the meaning of an inclusive community. We spoke to him on Thursday evening about the origins of the protests and their implications for other institutions.
Can you describe what the climate is on campus now?
I can’t speak to the graduate professional students because I don’t work with them. The undergraduates are, well, exhausted. What I think they are feeling is that they are part of something larger than their own existence, with all these rallies happening across the country—that they are living a very special moment.
Georgetown University to rename two buildings that reflect school’s ties to slavery
By Katherine Shaver
November 1, 2015
Georgetown University will rename two buildings named for school presidents who organized the sale of Jesuit-owned slaves to help pay off campus debt in the 1830s, the university’s president announced.
Mulledy Hall, a new student dormitory named for the president who authorized the sale of about 272 slaves to a Louisiana plantation owner in 1838, will be called Freedom Hall until a permanent name is chosen.
McSherry Hall, which houses a meditation center and was named for another university president who served as an adviser on the slave sale, will be called Remembrance Hall until it is renamed.