Applied Humanities Initiative
The Hall Center’s Applied Humanities Initiative introduces KU graduate students in the humanities and social sciences to the vast variety of non-academic occupations open to individuals with advanced degrees, ranging from foundation officers and museum directors to public arts advocates and community relations specialists. The Initiative also offers individuals choosing to pursue conventional tenure-track faculty appointments with opportunities to enhance the public humanities component of their CVs.
The undertaking received its initial impetus in 2013-14 when Henry Fortunato (Class of 2003), then director of public affairs at the Kansas City Public Library, was the Hall Center's Simons Fellow in Public Humanities. The initiative has since been developed into a collaborative effort led by Hall Center Associate Director Sally Utech, Fortunato, and former Hall Center Director Victor Bailey.