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As joint directors of the IHR, we are looking forward to an exciting year as we build upon the excellent work of our predecessors and develop new programs to meet the needs of our dynamic humanities faculty. In addition to continuing our highly successful funding programs—Faculty Fellows, Seed Grants, Research Clusters and the Visiting Humanities Investigator Grants—we are developing several new initiatives: 1) a series of Faculty Development workshops, including workshops in the Digital Humanities, to help faculty further their research agendas; 2) a redesign of the Nexus Research Cooperative as a “ThinkerSpace,” a place for humanities collaboration and co-working; and 3) a major conference this coming spring at ASU’s Washington DC Center on “Humane Technologies and the New American University.”
Our work on previous IHR initiatives–Digital Humanities, Health Humanities and Humane Cities–will continue year as well, and we look forward to your participation in events related to these initiatives. We will continue to serve as a resource for faculty seeking to apply for grants and fellowships, and we are excited to come together with all of you for our signature events: a talk by and reception with Rebecca J. Kinney, winner of the 2018 Transdisciplinary Book Award, conversation with this year’s Distinguished Lecturer Harry Boyte, and the Faculty Fellows Symposium on the theme “Urban and Rural.” We will kick off this year’s Humanities Forum with a visit from our new Dean of Humanities, Jeffrey Cohen, and will gather for another Humanities Celebration at Rula Bula in late November.
Our major event scheduled in the spring is the conference on Humane Technologies, mentioned above, which Elizabeth will lead with Gaymon Bennett. President Crow has agreed to speak at the conference, subject to scheduling. The goal of this two-day event is agenda-setting for the future of the technologies that impact all of us. The focus is collaboration among academics, industry, and government. The ambition is to drive collaboration forward by/in/through humanities research. We argue it’s no longer enough to imagine human lives embedded in technological worlds. It's time to rethink technology for a humane world. We’re convinced humanities-driven research is vital to this re-envisioning and re-making.
Please plan to visit us in our new space in Ross-Blakley Hall. We welcome your participation in our plans and your ideas for how we can continue to make the IHR an important resource, not only for humanities faculty but for the entire university community.
Elizabeth Langland, Director
Victoria Thompson, Co-Director