At least good news for the humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison: In nearly every corner of the world the humanities have been under fire and under budgeted for some time. Now it looks like there may be a real effort to correct that at selected locations.
An extraordinary public-private partnership will allow the University of Wisconsin-Madison to enhance education and research in the humanities. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the university a $10 million grant as part of an effort to preserve and enhance the humanities at public research universities that have records of scholarly and educational excellence.
The grant, which will be matched by the state, is intended to support and sustain strength in core areas, hire new faculty, and support postdoctoral and graduate students.
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Among the areas of study that will be augmented through the grant is a traditional one: ancient Greek philosophy. An endowed chair in ancient Greek philosophy will be created from $2.5 million in funds from the grant; the new faculty member is expected to be hired by fall 2011.
Read the whole report. However limited in locality, the news is actually quite encouraging. I hope there will be more to come. This isn’t really all that much money but I wonder how many states are in a position, economically or politically, to match such a grant.
Via Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog