Annual Report 2018-19

Grants and Awards

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The IHR awarded $87,908 in grants and awards in FY19.

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grants and awards were gifted to benefit humanities research and innovation in FY19.

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69% of seed grant applicants were funded in FY19.

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50% of seed grants that received funding in FY19 were collaborative projects. 

Fellows Program

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Our fellows gathered research on communities in six different regions across the world in FY19.

The Klamath River and Yurok Tribe in Northern California • The Hopi Tribe in Northeastern Arizona • Chicanas/os in the U.S. • Public Art and Policy in New Orleans • Bodhgaya Land in Eastern India • Japan’s Overseas Dam Construction in Asia

Seed Grant Program


Matthew Toro, Paul Hirt and Robert Spindler used spring 2018 seed grant funding to document the history of mapping at the Grand Canyon.

February 28-March 1, 2019, they held the Mapping Grand Canyon Conference. This public event attracted hundreds of visitors, who enjoyed an uncharted exploration of map use at the iconic national park. Toro developed the map to the left as an original cartographic contribution for the conference.

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Heather Switzer and Anastasia Todd used seed grant funds to interview over 40 young women with invisible disabilities.

They found that 100% of participants felt they had been dismissed or under suspicion because of their age and gender. Switzer and Todd hope their research will lead to greater access to resources for people with these disabilities.

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For his seed grant project, Michael Tueller is developing a search engine that can identify metrical patterns in poetry and specific variances of those patterns.

So far, his algorithm can identify 98% of lines in Homer’s epics. This search engine will allow scholars to investigate claims that Ancient Greek poets quoted each other by copying their metrical patterns. 

Book Award

Community Events

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The IHR hosted 43 events and provided several event sponsorships in FY19.


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The IHR hosted 16 workshops in FY19. 

Cathy Davidson, scholar in technology history and active learning, led “Collaboration, Humanities Style” at the IHR on September 18, 2018.

Her workshop taught participants how to lead, organize, sustain and reward collaboration in the classroom, in research groups and in the community.

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