Summer Practicum


Now accepting applications, due May 9.
This year's topic is Radically Indigenous as Active Matter/s

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. Examples of public-facing humanities projects and/or products that we invite for consideration include:

  • community-based blogging, digital storytelling, comics;
  • presentations, exhibitions, demonstrations;
  • videos, documentaries, vlogs;
  • community-coordinated case studies, teaching materials, pamphlets.

The Rural Humanities Summer Practicum guides and supports graduate students and advanced undergraduates in deepening locally-based public and engaged humanities projects that they have begun or are adequately prepared to undertake during this intensive 6-week program.

Participants in the Summer Practicum will each be awarded a grant of up to $8,000 to support their participation in the practicum and development of their projects. Up to $6,000 of this grant is designated for participant living expenses. Accepted participants should not accept other summer funding to support their living expenses. Up to $2,000 of this grant is available to support participant project expenses. Project budgets will be developed in collaboration with Summer Practicum instructors.

Radically Indigenous as Active Matters

Topic for Summer 2022: Radically Indigenous as Active Matter/s
Application Deadline: Monday, May 9
Program Dates: May 26-June 29
Instructor: Jolene Rickard (Ska:rù:rę'/Tuscarora), associate professor of art and history of art

Abstract river art
Image: Nyuhtawę́ʔe / Niagara Falls: Fast Water by Jolene Rickard

This summer practicum focuses on Hodinǫ̱hsǫ́:nih / Haudenosaunee relationships to place historically and up to contemporary experiences. Based on the principles of the foundational treaty agreement between the Hodinǫ̱hsǫ́:nih and the early settlers, the Tekaniguswentah or Two Row Wampum will set an Indigenous research framework for our shared responsibilities to place. The practicum will convene on Thursdays from May 26 to June 29, 2022. It will require availability for a series of day trips to Ganondagan (Victor, NY), Fort Niagara (Youngstown, NY), Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community (Fonda, NY) and the Gayog̱hó:nǫ́ (Cayuga Nation) homelands. Transportation will be provided to visit and conduct on-site learning experiences for community engaged projects with Hodinǫ̱hsǫ́:nih knowledge holders.

Application Guidelines

Applications for the Summer 2022 Practicum are open. Current Cornell students who are not graduating in spring 2022 are eligible to apply. Please submit the following materials to by the deadline of May 9.

  1. Cover page, including the applicant's name, NetID, degree program and field of study, and proposed project title
  2. A two-page project description that should detail how you plan to engage with the topic of "Radically Indigenous," including:
    • the project's goals and the preparatory work and planning that have already gone into the project
    • a description of anticipated deliverables by the end of the Practicum
    • a timeline for the project
  3. If already working with a particular community partner, a letter of support from them (only if applicable)
  4. A faculty letter of recommendation is required and should be sent under separate cover by the faculty member directly to


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