September 2020

Dear CU Boulder Community & Supporters of the CHA,

The semester has begun, which is the strangest fall semester any of us has seen. At the CHA we are trying to think of ways we can provide as much support as possible to our CU Boulder community, especially for faculty and students in the arts and humanities who are finding many challenges in teaching, producing art, trying to conduct research, and surviving the day to day.

One of the things we’re doing is partnering with the CU Boulder Libraries to host our Difficult Dialogue series—you can see the attached flyer with the information about the next session, “Unpacking Whiteness”—we hope you can join us for this Zoom webinar: It is during the Scholar Strike, but since the session is devoted to addressing and ending white supremacy we thought for faculty taking part and cancelling classes, you may want to direct your students to this session on September 9, 12:00-1:15pm MT. You can fill out this google form to register and ask a question. And for more on the Scholar Strike, please see the attached flyer with activities and information compiled by Associate Professor Cheryl Higashida (English).

We also invite you to check out the “Opportunities” tab on our website for both Faculty and Graduate Students. The first Small Grant deadline has passed (Sept. 1), and the next scheduled Small Grant deadline is November 1. We especially want faculty and graduate students to know that they can apply for guest lecturers to come to their classes. For faculty this is a one-time change to the Small Grant program to provide some teaching relief so they can concentrate on their research and/or artistic projects.

We are also increasing the number of CHA Faculty Fellowships this year from 8 to 11 (Note: deadline is October 1), to respond to the needs we are seeing among the arts and humanities faculty community. And we are partnering with the Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship (CRDDS) to host a Digital Humanities and Arts (DHA) fellow. This is a three-year partnership between CHA and CRDDS. A faculty member who is working on a digital project that uses arts and/or humanities methodologies will be selected to receive a semester free of teaching (up to a 2 course release). Details are included at the end of this newsletter (Note: deadline is November 15). We will have 3 DHA faculty fellows total over the course of the next 3 years.

Finally, two things to draw your attention to. The CU Art Museum is looking for a new faculty member representative—please see more information on the attached flyer to this newsletter. And there is a Zoom webinar/Town Hall that I will be co-leading with Shawn O’Neal (Ethnic Studies, PhD student) that is part of our free, three-week, self-paced Coursera course, “Anti-Racism I” – the webinar/Town Hall is open to anyone in the Coursera course community, and we wanted to also make it open to the CU Boulder community since it’s a CU Boulder sponsored course. Like the “Unpacking Whiteness” webinar, we will be taking questions through this google form and will share out the webinar information with anyone who signs up—it will be held live on Monday, September 14, 11-12:30pm MT, and a recording will be available on the Coursera Anti-Racism I site.


Jennifer Ho
Director, Center for Humanities & the Arts