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Time for the Contemplative Life at Emory with Professor Brownley
Message from the
Director on Research in the Humanities at Emory
Brownley: 2009 Recipient of the Governor's Award in the Humanities
The Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry (FCHI)
was established from a long-term initiative sparked by grassroots advocacy
of faculty members, forwarded by the Humanities Council, and concluded by a
Planning Committee appointed in fall 2000 by the College and Graduate School
Deans. The originators envisioned a Center that promotes individual
research, while also increasing the impact of the humanities across the
University and ultimately on Atlanta, the region, and the nation.
The FCHI capitalizes on two of Emory's strengths: excellent
humanities Departments and Programs, and longstanding institutional
commitments to interdisciplinary research and teaching. Programmatic
activities at the Center combine Emory's disciplinary and
inter-disciplinary strengths to better serve all of the humanities. With
our encouragement of the best scholarship and teaching, along with our
emphasis on a broad and liberating conception of the humanities as a whole
as well as specialized research in diverse fields, the FCHI stands for the
central role of the humanities in the life of Emory University and beyond.
The FCHI is a focal point for humanities endeavors at Emory
University and serves to advance research and teaching, overall, in the
humanities. The FCHI serves both those trained in the humanities and also
others in the University who are interested in humanistic issues. The FCHI
is dedicated to providing occasions and spaces for encouraging intellectual
community and scholarship across disciplines.
of Research and Scholarship in the Humanities
In addition to offering broad general support to those
engaged in humanistic research across the University, the FCHI runs three
Fellows Programs annually. Four Senior Fellows and four Dissertation
Completion Fellows from Emory and three Post-Doctoral Fellows selected from
other institutions as well as Emory are supported for an academic year of
research and scholarship. FCHI Fellows spend the academic year in residence
at the Center and take active roles in the life of the FCHI, as well as in
the intellectual life of the larger University.
Seminars, and Lectures
Each fall the FCHI hosts two receptions, one to honor new
faculty in the humanities, and, later in the fall, one to honor
undergraduates writing Honors theses in the humanities.
Throughout the academic year, the FCHI weekly Fellows
Luncheons offer presentations by Fellows in residence for the Emory faculty
and interested members of the community.
In the spring semester, the FCHI hosts the annual Faculty
Response Fora, an evening of dinner and
discussion where faculty from across the humanities, the sciences, and the
eight professional schools join roundtables examining the roles of the
humanities in relation to contemporary events and topics of current
The FCHI partners with the Laney Graduate School to present
Grant Writing Workshops for both faculty and graduate students. The fall
workshops include panels on researching grant opportunities and
constructing proposals, while the spring intensive workshops target faculty
and students who have completed draft proposals.
of Humanities Endeavors within the University
In coordination with the Humanities Council of Emory
College, the FCHI works to forward excellence in research in the humanities
at Emory through new undertakings within departments and programs as well
as cross-disciplinary initiatives.
CHIPS (FCHI Programming Support) offers
modest grants to support interdisciplinary humanities events at Emory that
are beyond the scope of individual departments or programs. CHIPS funding
is administered by a subcommittee of the Humanities Council, the Advisory
Board of the FCHI, to which applications are due in mid-October and
Working with the Humanities Council and departments and
programs, the FCHI maintains an ongoing calendar of humanities events and
programs at Emory.