News: Collaborating with Strangers in and OUTSIDE the Humanities

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Collaborating with Strangers in and OUTSIDE the Humanities
When: Thursday, December 6
Where: Ustler Hall Atrium
Time: 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Who: Any University of Florida faculty, staff, post-doc, student, or administrator
Refreshments will be served.
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How can ideas connect people across disciplines? To connect students and faculty to on-campus resources, networks and creative opportunities for developing or carrying out research and teaching projects, the Humanities Center is hosting a Collaborating with Strangers workshop, presented by the UF Libraries. The CoLAB Planning Series® is a large group facilitative process that supports one-on-one “speed meetings” through which participants from various fields can meet each other, exchange and generate ideas and, together, build new foundations to start or improve upon campus-wide projects. This humanities-focused event seeks to bring faculty, staff, and students from across UF together to discuss the cultural, historical, religious, philosophical, and ethical elements of their work, as well as how educational and information technologies can be employed in humanities research and teaching. This workshop will also include short introductions by UF grant-writing support staff, presentations by three arts and humanities faculty members about the process of developing successful interdisciplinary grant proposals, and an opening discussion about the theory of collaboration. The event will conclude with “idea generating tables” for participants to synthesize knowledge gained and plan next steps.
What will participants get out of this event?

  • An understanding of the anatomy and craft of developing a fundable idea;
  • An enhanced network of partners across UF in your area of interest and strategies for engaging productively in collaborative (and interdisciplinary) conversation;
  • Exposure to potential ideas, directions, or broader impacts for your research based on conversation with others;
  • A refined ability to present the significance of your work to broader audiences in the humanities and beyond;
  • An increased ability to identify and demonstrate institutional support for your work.

Sponsored by the Creative Campus Committee – Catalyst Fund, the George A. Smathers Libraries and the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere
Co-sponsored by I-Cubed, College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, Honors Program, the UF Graduate School, Florida Opportunities Scholars Program and Women in Science and Engineering.