The Oakley Center supports Discussion Seminars, which involve a semester-long commitment
by one or two organizer(s) as many as eight faculty participants to meet regularly (8-10 meetings in total). If the
circumstances are appropriate, however, it is
possible to organize a year-long seminar that
meets as many times but at less frequent
intervals. The Center is open to hybrid proposals that combine discussion with the circulation of research papers by participants.
Seminar applicants should submit proposals to the Director. The deadline for receipt of seminar applications for fall 2017 is May 19; proposals for spring semester 2018 are due by October 19, 2017, or can be submitted by the May 19 deadline. The Center pays a stipend of $600 to the organizer(s) and $400 to other participants. The organizer(s) may also request a supplementary budget of up to $1750 to advance the goals of the seminar--e.g., by bringing to campus a scholar with relevant expertise for a lecture or workshop. (Although such seminar-related events may be held at the Oakley Center on a space-available basis, organizers are expected to manage their own budget and handle logistics themselves.) If the group plans activities that may overrun the $1750 supplemental funds, the organizer(s) may apply for additional funding once the initial budget has been spent. The deadlines for such requests are October 15 for fall seminars, and March 15 for spring and year-long seminars. This additional funding is not guaranteed, but every effort will be made to offer some assistance when the Center budget allows it.
Discussion Seminar proposals should be 2-3 pages in length and should describe the topic of the group, explain why it is important, and list some of the people who are most likely to attend. The proposal should also include a budget for supplementary funds and an explanation of how they will be used. At the conclusion of the seminar, a summary and evaluation will be submitted by the organizer(s) to the Director.
Please note: The Center places highest priority on Discussion Seminars that explore new methodologies or fields of study and which incorporate faculty from a range of disciplines. Proposals largely focused on curricular or pedagogical questions in established departments/programs will be accorded lower priority when ranking proposals.
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