Humanities Without Walls

Humanities Without Walls (HWW) is a consortium of humanities centers and institutes, including the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, at 15 major research universities throughout the Midwest and beyond. Originally funded by a $3 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the consortium was established to create cross-institutional research, teaching and scholarship in the humanities. The first research challenge of this initiative was The Global Midwest: to reveal and rethink the Midwest as a key site—both now and in the past—in shaping global economies and cultures.

In March 2016, the Mellon Foundation awarded a five-year, $4.2 million grant to renew support for the Humanities Without Walls consortium's two signature initiatives: summer workshops for pre-doctoral students in the humanities, and cross-institutional, collaborative awards for “grand research challenges.” The 2017 research challenge is “The Work of the Humanities in a Changing Climate.