On Monday, June 17, thirty two students from the Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars Program (MICCHERS) visited the Humanities Collaboratory to learn about the Collaboratory’s innovative model of ambitious humanities scholarship.
The MICCHERS website describes the program as one “…designed to encourage rising seniors, recent B.A.s and terminal master’s students from diverse cultural, economic, geographic, and ethnic backgrounds to consider pursuing a doctoral degree in the humanities at the University of Michigan.” The program’s goal is to attract a diverse group of scholars “with unique experiences who foster innovation and push the humanities to meet today’s challenges.”
At the start of the MICCHERS visit, Faculty Coordinator Kristin Hass welcomed the scholars, describing the Collaboratory’s grants, intergenerational teams, and opportunities for graduate students. Nora Krinitsky (Lecturer, Residential College) and Nicole Navarro (PhD student in history) shared insights from their experience as members of the “Documenting Criminalization and Confinement” Proposal Development Grant team.
To simulate a Collaboratory-style project, Arthur Verhoogt (Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Papyrology and Greek, Department of Classical Studies and Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies) introduced an exercise which prompted interactive and collaborative engagement.
The visiting scholars were asked to consider how they might design a display case exhibit about the 1817 gift to the early University made by the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Bodewadami Nations. With this task at hand, students got to work on teamsdiscussing and discovering how they would tell the story of the transfer of traditional territory of the Anishinaabe people to the University of Michigan. The MICCHERS then presented team proposals to the larger group before their visit concluded.