Apply to Humanities Honors Seminar on Ethnic Studies 2022-23

February 03, 2022
Submitted By: Nicholas Ealy

The Humanities Center is accepting applications for Student Fellows for next year’s honors seminar. Students with a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the 2022-23 academic year are eligible to participate in the Humanities Center as Student Fellows. (Current second-year Hillyer students who will be a junior in 2022-23 are eligible.)

As a Fellow, you attend a year-long honors seminar based on a singular theme. Karen Tejada, Associate Professor of Sociology, will lead the Humanities Center Seminar next year. She has selected the theme of “Decolonizing the University: Ethnic Studies throughout Time” for the seminar. Here you will get to know some of the brightest and most articulate students at the University of Hartford. You will also attend lectures by both university faculty who are doing research on this theme and visiting speakers.

Here is a description of the seminar:

This seminar will focus on the social movements that led to the creation of Ethnic Studies departments in various universities. Starting from the perspective of what it means to be part of a minoritized racial and/or ethnic group in the United States and how much people have fought for and continue to seek their own liberation, this course will focus on topics such as: Latino/a and Afro-Latino/a art and literature; settler colonialism and Indigenous rights; the establishment of centers for Black, Dominican and Puerto Rican Studies; the literature of Asian migrant families; and the ongoing defunding of Ethnic Studies programs.

In the fall semester, students will create a critical auto-ethnography by writing about their identity in a social, historical and cultural context, exploring how power and privilege are part of their story. The spring semester will be a series of lectures by faculty members and visiting speakers on the topic of Ethnic Studies.

Students who are selected for this seminar are awarded a fellowship, receive a stipend of at least $500 and take the seminar for a total of six credits, three in the fall term and three in the spring term.

Applications due by April 1, 2022. Please see the attached letter for specifics on how to apply.