The Humanities Without Walls consortium links the humanities centers at 15 research universities throughout the Midwest and beyond.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded approximately $7,200,000 to IPRH to fund six years of an extensive consortium of fifteen humanities institutes in the Midwest and beyond. By leveraging the strengths of multiple distinctive campuses, the Humanities Without Walls (HWW) consortium aims to create new avenues for collaborative research, teaching, and the production of scholarship in the humanities, forging and sustaining areas of inquiry that cannot be created or maintained without cross-institutional cooperation.
Humanities Without Walls (HWW) contains two initiatives: summer workshops for pre-doctoral students in the humanities who desire to explore careers outside the academy and research grants for cross-institutional teams of faculty and graduate students pursuing research that focuses on a grand challenge: “The Work of the Humanities in a Changing Climate.”
The consortium includes 13 of the institutions that belong to the Big Ten Academic Alliance—Indiana University, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Penn State University, Purdue University; and the Universities of Chicago, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin-Madison—plus the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The humanities centers at the 15 consortial institutions will serve as the hubs for collaboration. The Chicago Humanities Festival also served as a key intellectual and infrastructural partner for the project from its inception through 2018.