Call for Altman Scholars Applications:

2017-18 Altman Fellows Program


Deadline: Monday, January 30, 5 p.m.

The Humanities Center invites applications from faculty interested in joining the 2017-2018 Altman Fellows Program: “Urban Futures.”  The Center will appoint six or more Altman Faculty Scholars to take part in this program, which is described in detail below.

The program will be led by two Altman Fellows, Professor Luis Inãki Prádanos (Spanish and Portuguese) and Professor Cathy Wagner (English). 

The Altman Scholars will join Inãki and Cathy in a year-long, interdisciplinary faculty seminar on the historical processes, narratives, and paradigms that have shaped the city; the seminar will also explore creative approaches to more socially just and sustainable urban futures.

Altman Faculty Scholars are expected to collaborate with each other, to present some of their own research or creative work on campus during the year of the program, to link their courses to the program when possible, and to help plan program events beginning in spring 2017.  Each Altman Scholar will receive a $2,500 professional expenses account for use during the 2017-2018 academic year. 

More details on the Altman Program are available here.

To apply, please read the 2017-18 Altman Program description and provide the Humanities Center Steering Committee with a c.v. and a 1-2 page statement indicating how your research and teaching might contribute to, and benefit from, the program.  Please also include the name of one or more outstanding students who could benefit from participation as undergraduate or graduate fellows.  These students will be nominated and invited to apply. Please submit your application in a single PDF document titled “[Yourlastname] 2017 Altman Application.pdf" to by 5 p.m. Monday, January 30, 2017

Please direct questions to Tim Melley, Director of the Humanities Center, at





Cathy Wagner and Luis I. Prádanos, Altman Fellows

For the first time in human history, urban areas are home to more than half the world's population. Most of the urgent problems of our age—economic and racial tension, terrorism, environmental degradation, food and energy insecurity, and unequal education—are related to and mediated by the urban. Cities have faced such challenges for millennia. Among the oldest and most important human creations, they are both monuments to the human desire for peaceful coexistence and flashpoints of social conflict. For all their steel and concrete, cities are also products of human imagination—not only the visions of architects and engineers but the ideas of their dwellers and visitors. 

This is a crucial time to rethink urban paradigms. If humanity is to survive its urban futures, the metabolism of the city—its infrastructure, its flows of services and people, its relations and borders—must change to nurture, rather than deplete, the systems it inhabits. The 2017–18 Altman Program invites faculty, students, alumni, and community members to join distinguished visiting scholars for a transdisciplinary examination of the ideas and practices that scaffold our cities. How do philosophical, cultural, and historical narratives shape the material realities of urbanity? And what urban models and cultures can enable a socially just and ecologically viable future?  

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