The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities provides funded opportunities for graduate students to explore the public dimensions of their work. While each fellowship has distinct features and requirements, during the funding period, students work closely with at least one community organization, participate in methods workshops, and present their projects in the Building Publics series.
The SOF/Heyman Public Humanities Fellowship was one of my most rewarding experiences as a Ph.D. student at Columbia. The community of fellows provided support and made it possible to consider the common themes and obstacles we faced in doing public humanities work. Intensive, engaged mentorship helped me to refine my project and challenge my own assumptions. The work I accomplished as a Public Humanities Fellow set the foundation for gaining several grants and fellowships and has also made me a much more competitive candidate for the non-academic jobs I applied to.
In partnership with Humanities New York and their Humanities Center Initiative, the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities offers graduate students funding and resources to develop and implement a project intended for public audiences, engaging members of the public as collaborators and partnering with community groups. During the funding period, students participate in methods workshops, and present their projects in the Building Publics Series.
Together with Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life (IRCPL), the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities (SOF/Heyman) offers funding for advanced graduate students throughout the university to participate in the ZIP Code Memory Project: Practices of Justice and Repair at The Center for the Study of Social Difference (CSSD). Led by Marianne Hirsch (Columbia) and Diana Taylor (NYU), The ZIP Code Memory Project seeks to find reparative ways to memorialize the devastating losses resulting from the COVID pandemic while also acknowledging its radically differential effects on different Upper New York City neighborhoods.