Summer 23 Practicum to focus on rural environments in public practice

Applications are now open for the 2023 Rural Humanities Summer Practicum on the topic of "Rural Environments in Public Practice."

The Summer Practicum is offered each summer to allow graduate students and advanced undergraduates to deepen public and engaged humanities projects in our local region that they have begun or are adequately prepared to undertake during an intensive 6-week program. The Practicum aims to make training in public humanities and community-centered academic work a central part of student education and career opportunities today. Projects should engage specifically with the theme and engage community partners in the Upstate NY region.

This year's instructor is Anindita Banerjee, associate professor of comparative literature and member of the Environment & Sustainability Curriculum Committee where she also serves as chair of the Environmental Humanities concentration.

Every summer, Rural Humanities offers a 6-week practicum seminar in Public Rural Humanities with a focal theme and a discussion of methods for graduate students and advanced undergraduates. 

The Rural Humanities Summer practicum seeks to bring qualitative humanities research methods to projects focusing on and/or collaborating with our rural neighbors in Central and Western New York. 

The 2023 practicum's environmental theme will move beyond treating the rural environment as simply an object of study or field of research in an academic setting:

this 6-week summer practicum will rely on ethical engagement with places, people, and practices that seek to transform Ithaca and its broader environs towards livable, equitable futures.

The practicum is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduate students, and participants will receive funding of up to $8,000 for a community project (with up to $6,000 set aside for living expenses).

This year's practicum will run June 1-July 7. Applications are currently being accepted, and the deadline will be Friday, April 14.

Click here for more information and application instructions.

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