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January 16-17, 2020: Communicating Scholarship in the Humanities

This two-day workshop provides an extraordinary opportunity for faculty in the humanities and humanistic social sciences at KU to develop new skills that will equip us to communicate our scholarship more effectively to a non-specialized audience, including fellow academics outside our own disciplines and non-academics. On November 25, Alan Alda spoke at KU, as a guest of the Hall Center, about the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University that he has founded to address the challenges of communicating scholarship in the sciences to a broad audience. Following his visit, the Center for Communicating Science has agreed to offer a two day workshop at the Hall Center on January 16-17, 2020, meeting each day from 9:00am to 4:00pm (with lunch provided), focusing on the strategies they have developed, presenting those strategies in a format specifically adapted for scholars working in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. 

The workshop is open to all full-time faculty working in the humanities and humanistic social sciences at KU. The two conditions for participation are that participants be willing to attend for the entire two days and that they develop following the workshop a talk, an op ed, or another project or activity that aims to communicate their scholarship to an audience outside their discipline and the academy; they will be expected to submit a brief report on that project or activity by the end of 2020.

The workshop will accommodate up to sixteen people. If you would like to participate, please complete the attached form and send it to ahodgson@ku.edu by October 31.

First Book Workshop

This workshop introduces early career faculty to the process of publishing a first scholarly book. Throughout the course of the workshop, which is offered in alternate years and meets five to six times during the spring semester, workshop leaders will guide participants through topics such as the differences between a dissertation and book manuscript, how to approach a press editor, how to submit a prospectus to a publisher, and what happens after a manuscript has been accepted for publication. Follow this link for more information: First Book

Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Workshops

All graduate students are invited to attend this workshop, which is directed each year by recent recipients of graduate student funding from the Hall Center. The workshops focus on topics related to method, problem, or theory than to specific subject content, to increase their appeal to a wider audience. All workshops take place in the Hall Center Seminar Room. 

Co-directors for 2019-20:

Andrew Avery - History

Divya Rhadika Bhalla - English

Mariah Crystal - Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Andisheh Ghaderi - French & Italian

Research and Grant Development Office Workshops

The Hall Center’s Research & Grant Development Office (RGDO) offers ongoing learning opportunities for scholars seeking to advance their research, scholarship, and creative activities; enhance their grant-writing skills; and so improve their competitiveness for grants and fellowships. In addition to providing one-on-one mentorship, RGDO staff offer a variety of workshops for faculty and students each semester. Follow the link below for more details:

Grant Development Workshop Schedules for Faculty and Graduate Students


Upcoming Hall Center Events