Willen Seminars

Willen seminars are designed with the purpose of fostering interaction between faculty across the campus in ways which support their work as scholars and teachers. Groups of faculty may apply for amounts of up to $1,500 to support new intellectual work at the college. The budgets may cover the purchase of books or other materials, supplies and food (capped at $20 per participant) for meetings, or stipends for participants. Proposals may include requests for funds for local speakers and if travel and hotel are necessary the FDD committee will work with faculty members to secure additional funding. The FDD committee particularly welcomes proposals which engage aspects of diversity and collaboration between junior and senior faculty.  Faculty of all ranks are invited to apply.  

Funding for the Willen Seminars is provided by the Janet Younker Willen ’39 Fund.


Current seminars:

Current Willen Seminars are listed below.  Contact the seminar leaders for more information about participation in a seminar.

2016 - 2017

  • “Perspectives in African Development,” led by Belinda Archibong and Anja Tolonen
  •  “Historical Applications to GIS,” leg by Gergely Baics and Alan Dye


Previous seminars:

2015 - 2016

  • "Critical Perspectives on Black Nationalism: Old and New," led by Kimberley Johnson and Daniel Kato 
  • "Diversity in the Classroom," led by Laurie Postlewate and Pam Cobrin
  • "Translation Studies Group," led by Peter Connor and Hana Worthen

2014 - 2015

  • “Diversity in the Classroom,” led by Laurie Postlewate, Shayoni Mitra, Ellen Morris
  • "Latino Studies Research Group," led by Wadda Ríos-Font and Maja Horn
  • "Digital Humanities User’s Group: Technology, Scholarly Practice and the Classroom,” led by Kim Hall, Kaiama Glover, Lisa Gordis and Jennie Kassanoff

2012 - 2013

  • "Worlds of Ntozake Shange," led by Monica Miller

2011 - 2012

  • “For the Public Good,” led by Lee Ann Bell
  • "Our Many Selves: Scholarly Research, Ethics and Futures for Disability Studies," led by Chris Baswell

2010 - 2011

  • "'What are you going to do with that?': The Future of the Humanities in the Academy and at Barnard," led by Taylor Carmen, Elizabeth Castelli and Nancy Worman
  • “Transnational and Transcolonial Caribbean Studies Research Seminar,” led by Kaiama Glover and Maja Horn

2009 - 2010

  • “Junior Faculty Research Working Group,” led by Abosede George and Maja Horn
  • "Gender, Empire and War," led by Betsy Esch, Neferti Tadiar, and Beck Jordan-Young