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Faculty Fellows Conference

Each year the Humanities Center sponsors a Faculty Fellowship Competition on a specific theme. This year's theme is "DESIGN: Intention, Creativity, Agency, Society". Fellowships provide Wayne State University faculty with funding to help pay for expenses related to their research projects, including travel, research assistance, summer salary and fringe benefits. Fellowships average $6,000 and recipients are expected to participate in the annual Faculty Fellows' Conference held the following spring. Below is the explication of the theme, followed by brief descriptions of the projects that were selected for funding for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Explication of the 2018 conference: "Revolution"

2017 marks the centennial of the Russian Revolution and the fifty-year anniversary of the Detroit Revolution. It is a time to reflect on the causes and lasting impacts of these events locally and worldwide. But what makes a revolution? A revolution can be a dramatic political upturning—the French Revolution, the Chinese Revolution, and the global revolutions of 1968 and 1989 are but a few. It can be a change of a scientific paradigm (the Scientific Revolution), an intellectual breakthrough (advances in quantum physics and genetic biology), a literary or cultural explosion (the Reformation, new art forms), a musical landmark (a signature Beatles album), or an economic change (the Industrial Revolution). Revolution describes everyday changes in how we relate to each other, from the Sexual Revolution to the development of the Internet and wearable technology. Revolution is also a mathematical and physical concept of movement (turning around), whether performed by a wheel, a planet, or a dancer. Who makes a revolution? Is it people against authority, or authority against its people? Is it a new philosophy? What constitutes a revolution? What are its lasting impacts? The 2017 Faculty Fellowship welcomes proposals that interrogate the concept of revolution in its broadest sense.

Keynoters/Abstracts of the conference

Title: "Look Closely—The Next Detroit Is Already Happening—And It's Definitely Not Downtown"

Frank Joyce - Lifelong Detroit-based activist and writer

The political activism of life long Detroiter Frank Joyce began with the civil rights movement. He joined the Northern Student Movement (NSM) in the early 1960's and later helped found People Against Racism (PAR). He has been in involved in labor, anti-racist, human rights and peace campaigns ever since....