Anisfield-Wolf Faculty Summer Seminars

Call for Participants!

Anisfield-Wolf Summer Seminars

$1,000 Participation Award

The Cleveland Humanities Collaborative is pleased to announce that we will again be offering two, week-long, intensive summer seminars for faculty, staff, and graduate students. Alumni from prior cohorts will lead this year’s seminars, each of which will be centered on a text selected from the 2022 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winners.  We intend to host the seminars in-person on the campus of Case Western Reserve University; however, we will shift to a virtual format if it becomes unsafe to meet in person. Funding to support travel for out-of-town participants will be available on a limited basis.

Each seminar will have two leaders, and we are privileged to have four, outstanding leaders this summer: Barbara Harris Combs, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Clark Atlanta University, Professor Michelle Rankins, Assistant Professor of English at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), Denise A. Harrison, Professor of English and Africana Studies, Kent State University, and Amanda D. King, Founder and Creative Director of Shooting Without Bullets. View their bios here.

Seminar 1: Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22, 2022

Seminar 2: Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 5, 2022

Seminar Format

The seminars this year will center on the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winner for non-fiction, Of Fear and Strangers: A History of Xenophobia, by George Makari. In addition to discussing how this book engages race/ethnicity and history, seminar participants will examine how we teach and have productive dialogue about our history and complex social issues. Seminar meetings will take place every day for five hours, with the opportunity for groups to continue working together through the year.

Books and supplemental readings will be distributed in advance. Participants are encouraged to develop and suggest additional readings to supplement their discussions of the text, which the administrators will help distribute. All participants will be required to submit an evaluation of their seminar experience upon completion. Participants in the seminar are invited to attend the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards and Cleveland Book Week events. The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards are scheduled to take place Thursday, September 15th in Playhouse Square, provided it remains safe to come together.


Participant Eligibility

  • Faculty from educational institutions in Northeast Ohio and from CWRU’s North Star Award Institutional Partners.
  • Advanced Ph.D. students in Ohio and from North Star Institutional Partners.
  • Full-time staff from Northeast Ohio educational, arts, and culture


How to Apply:

To apply, please complete the 2022 Anisfield-Wolf Seminar Application by June 1, 2022.  Space is limited to 15 participants per seminar.  Selected participants will be notified by June 15, 2022.

If you have questions about the seminar, please contact the CHC’s Administrative Manager, Dr. Lisa Nielson at:


Seminar Expectations:

  • Each participant will be expected to read the assigned text(s) prior to the seminar meeting week, and be prepared to discuss.
  • Each participant will agree to adhere to the community standards for engagement.
  • Seminar participants must attend and participate in each of the daily meetings.

About the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

In 1935, Edith Anisfield Wolf established what she initially called the John Anisfield Book Award to honor nonfiction books that furthered the cause of “race relations” (as she later wrote in her will), deepened our understanding of racism, and enhanced our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. At its founding, the prize took “race relations” to mean relations among black, white and Jewish Americans. Yet, the Award quickly broadened, recognizing books about immigrants and Native American histories. Winners have included Nobel Laureates Ralph Bunche, Toni Morrison, Derek Walcott, Nadine Gordimer, Gunnar Myrdal and Wole Soyinka, along with other major literary figures such as Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was recognized in 1959 for his book Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, well before he became a national figure. Recent honorees have included Marlon James, Margot Lee Shetterly, the poets Marilyn Chin and Jericho Brown, and Lifetime Achievement winners Isabel Allende, N. Scott Momaday, and Sonia Sanchez. More than eighty-five years later, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards have a distinguished history of honoring writers who expanded readers’ grasp not only of race, but of the diversities of disability, religion, ethnicity and gender, drawing from a variety of disciplinary perspectives in the humanities.