|The Franke Institute for the Humanities is both an idea and a place.
Conceptually, it represents the highest research and teaching ambitions of the University of Chicago, sponsoring creative and innovative work in established academic disciplines in the arts and humanities and encouraging new projects that cross traditional disciplinary and departmental lines. Materially, its physical space--a suite of offices and public rooms in the Regenstein Library--provides facilities where scholars and artists can do their work, and where that work can be tested and disseminated through discussions, debates, symposia, and public conferences.
What is the Franke Institute for the Humanities?
It is all of the following things:
- An ideal of collaborative thinking and rigorous testing of ideas through public presentation and interrogation;
- A focus for the best work in the Division and by humanities in other parts of the University;
- A forum where members of the University's humanistic community can present their research and thinking to peers who question, challenge, and test it;
- A program of conferences, symposia, lectures, readings, performances, and other special events in which University faculty and students (and often members of the general public) can participate;
- A magnet for ideas already in play in classrooms and research projects in the University;
- A clearing house, a catalyst, a coordinator for collaborative projects that can be made to happen by yoking together a variety of interested parties and sponsoring and planning agencies;
- A community — in constant flux and realignment — where scholars, thinkers, and artists can share their interests and test their discoveries.
New projects that cross traditional disciplinary and departmental lines
Photo Credit: Mai Vukcevich