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UT Humanities Center Launches New Program to Support Faculty Writing and Research

UT Humanities Center Launches New Program to Support Faculty Writing and Research

Beginning Friday, September 1, the UT Humanities Center and the Office of Research and Engagement will launch writeNOW, a new faculty research initiative.

Each Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., faculty in the humanities will be able to bring their laptops to the Humanities Center and use a reserved community space to devote two hours to their writing. No advance reservation is required, and faculty may attend as few or as many writing hours as they wish. There are no workshops, lectures, or presentations: faculty just write in a quiet, communal space. 

After each two-hour writing session, participants may remain for individual conversations about their projects and prospective fellowship applications with Alan Rutenberg, the humanities fellowship advisor in the Office of Research and Engagement. Other faculty members in the humanities also are welcome to attend these consultation sessions. 

“This is a wonderful new collaboration between the UT Humanities Center and the Office of Research and Engagement,” Center Director Amy Elias says.

The collaboration encourages humanities faculty to set aside writing time and fosters habits of daily writing. It also sets up a system of support for publication and grant writing. 

“In one of his letters, the Irish novelist James Joyce wrote the oft-quoted line, ‘No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination.’ Creative and critical writing requires time and quiet space for concentrated, deep thought about an investigative question or analytical problem,” Elias says. “We are happy to help humanities faculty nurture their inclination for writing by providing space and quiet at the end of a busy work week.”

For more information, call the UT Humanities Center at 865-974-4222 or email humanitiesctr@utk.edu.

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