Rockefeller Foundation gives UC Santa Cruz $325,000 humanities award

The Rockefeller Foundation has awarded a $325,000 Humanities Fellowship to the University of California, Santa Cruz. "This Humanities Fellowship is a very competitive program," said Lynn A. Szwaja, deputy director of creativity and culture at the Rockefeller Foundation. "This year we received 46 applications and gave eight awards."

The UC Santa Cruz award supports a three-year program of visiting scholars, small public conferences, and workshops focused on contemporary and historic globalization issues. The new program, "Other Globalizations: Histories, Trans-Regionalism, and Cultural Formations," will be based at the campus's Center for Cultural Studies.

"The Rockefeller Foundation has dealt with global studies for years," said Szwaja. "The terrorists' attacks of September 11 made us feel our work was more relevant than ever, and that it's important to continue funding humanistic studies, and keep the flow of ideas coming."

This is the second Rockefeller grant earned by the Center for Cultural Studies, which was established in 1988 and has become widely known as an important location for globalization studies. Codirected by Gail Hershatter, professor of history, and Christopher Connery, associate professor of literature, the Center for Cultural Studies supports research, discussion, and events about cultural studies in a global framework. In addition to faculty from UCSC's Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts divisions, visiting scholars also participate in the center's activities and research.

"With the Rockefeller Foundation's support, the Center for Cultural Studies is particularly interested in developing links with scholarly communities, such as those in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Pacific, whose relations with U.S. universities are at an early stage," said Connery. Because the Rockefeller grant provides a $40,000 annual salary plus benefits for visiting scholars, applicants need not be dependent on support from their home institutions.

"We're hoping to attract scholars working in new areas of research, who can bring perspectives from the humanities disciplines to the study of globalization," said Hershatter. "Without a sense of history, cultural variation, or philosophical depth, discussions of globalization are apt to be superficial and incomplete."

For more information on the "Other Globalizations: Histories, Trans-Regionalism, and Cultural Formations," see the Center for Cultural Studies web site,