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ICGC Receives 2015 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant

ICGC Receives 2015 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant

The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) is pleased to announce its award of $910,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the renewal of a collaboration between the University of Minnesota’s ICGC and the University of the Western Cape’s Centre for Humanities Research (CHR). Karen Brown and Frances Vavrus (ICGC Co-Directors) will lead the "New Directions in Collaborative Education: UMN-UWC partnership."  They will work closely with CHR Director and ICGC alumnus Premesh Lalu.

The ICGC and CHR collaborative was established in 2005 to link the centers, programs, and faculty and staff at the two universities engaged in teaching, research, and outreach around interdisciplinary approaches to global issues.  The collaboration to date has established an exceptional transnational intellectual community with the previous Mellon grants supporting 21 doctoral fellows from Minnesota, 12 doctoral fellows from UWC, five faculty exchange participants from each campus, two Mellon research chairs, and a host of courses, lectures, workshops and collaborative events and innovative research projects. 

The new grant will focus on teaching, the arts in an interdisciplinary context, and the support of exceptional and diverse graduate fellows and faculty. It will support the objectives of both partner institutions to provide more pedagogical training and experience to graduate fellows and, at ICGC, to more fully integrate humanities and arts across its interdisciplinary curriculum. 

Established in 1989, the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) is a University of Minnesota campus-wide center that seeks to foster an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural community of faculty and students committed to supporting and advancing research, education, and collaborative initiatives related to global change with a focus on the global south. Since its inception, ICGC has supported a diverse group of more than 400 graduate students of whom nearly half have been international students (primarily from the global south) and about one-third have been US students from groups underrepresented in graduate education. The core principle that diversity and academic excellence are inextricably connected informs all aspects of its scholarly work, and ICGC places particular emphasis on the preparation of students from groups underrepresented in higher education and the professoriate for academic careers. ICGC’s students and 75 affiliated faculty members come from more than 20 academic programs and departments across six colleges and schools, and they work together in interdisciplinary seminars and research circles, a weekly talk series, and conferences and workshops.  ICGC is a unit of the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance.