Cleveland Humanities Collaborative Summer Seminar

$1,000 Participation Award


The Cleveland Humanities Collaborative (CHC) is pleased to announce that the application is now open for the annual, week-long, intensive summer seminar for faculty, staff, independent scholars, community educators, and graduate students.  The dates for this year’s seminar are Monday, July 22, 2024 – Friday, July 26, 2024.


We are privileged to have Dr. Derrick Williams, Professor of Communication Studies at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) return to facilitate. Dr. Williams is an award-winning educator, speaker, scholar, and mentor who has participated in and led the Summer Faculty Seminars since their inception. Click here for more information about Dr. Williams.


Seminar Format

This year’s seminar will center on professional development and teaching in community colleges, with a focus on male academic achievement. Drawing from Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male is Struggling, Why it Matters, and What to Do About It by Richard Reeves, who directs the Boys and Men project at the Brookings Institution, the seminar will examine the male achievement gap, particularly the dwindling numbers of Black men in higher education. Additional readings addressing masculinities, social power, and systems of oppression will be drawn from Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winners, including playwright August Wilson, novelists Ralph Ellison and Richard Wright, and historian Scott Reynolds Nelson.

The seminar will meet in-person on the Case Western Reserve University Campus from 10:00am – 3:00pm each day, and the CHC will provide lunch and parking. Required readings will be distributed to participants in advance. All participants will be asked to submit an evaluation of their seminar experience upon completion. We regret we are unable to provide funding for travel or housing.


Participant Eligibility

  • Faculty from educational institutions in Northeast Ohio, with priority given to community college faculty and staff
  • Advanced graduate students in Ohio
  • Full-time staff and community educators from Northeast Ohio educational, arts, and cultural


How to Apply:

To apply, please complete the 2024 CHC Summer Seminar Application by May 1, 2024.  Space is limited to 12 participants. Selected participants will be notified by June 1, 2024.


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


Seminar Expectations:

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