Humanities Initiatives at Duke and Stanford

June 29, 2011

In an era when many scholars worry about lack of attention and funds for the humanities, Duke and Stanford Universities on Tuesday announced separate, foundation-supported efforts in the humanities. Duke announced a five-year, $6 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the "Humanities Writ Large" initiative, which will support visiting scholars and new faculty appointments, undergraduate research, humanities labs, and support for interdisciplinary collaborations across departments and institutions. Stanford announced a $4 million endowment -- half of the funds from the family of an alumnus and the other half from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation -- to support top humanities graduate students.

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