Consortium Objectives

  • Achieving Impact: Operating at the scale of 15 large institutions, the consortium can meaningfully examine the impact of experiments in pedagogy and in multi-institutional collaborative research in the humanities.
  • Distributing Risk: A consortium permits a degree of experimentation and innovation that no single institution might be willing to risk on its own.
  • Testing New Research Strategies: The ability to try newly developed research questions and methods that are not feasibly tested on a single campus, which may also lack particular resources required for collaboration.
  • Increasing Visibility of the Humanities: The scale of these endeavors creates opportunities for highly visible outcomes and products that will significantly highlight the vibrant cultures of humanities scholarship on each campus and throughout the consortium.
  • Advancing External Funding Opportunities: The ability to create new possibilities for externally funded research through collaborations that leverage multi-institutional resources.
  • Creating a Platform for Humanities Advocacy: Working together, the consortium center directors can create a single “voice” that can advocate for humanities-related issues, representing the interests of 15 major research institutions.
  • Piloting Alternative Academic Pre-Doctoral Humanities Career Training: As a large-scale collaborative, and working with the support of the Chicago Humanities Festival offices (one of the country’s largest and premiere public humanities operations), the consortium can create new models for graduate education that simultaneously work to advance the public profile of the humanities nationwide.