The University of California, Berkeley has announced a grant of $1.5 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for an interdisciplinary studies program focused on the humanities, cities, and urban life.
The renewal grant will extend the Global Urban Humanities Initiative, a collaboration between the university's College of Environmental Design and College of Letters and Science's Division of Arts and Humanities, for another four years; establish one of the country's first graduate and undergraduate certificates in urban humanities; and, in collaboration with Berkeley's Townsend Center for the Humanities, establish the Global Urban Humanities-Townsend Fellowship program, which will support interdisciplinary research by graduate students and faculty as well as team-taught courses, symposia, exhibitions, and publications.
The grant continues Berkeley's participation in the Mellon Foundation's Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities initiative, which was launched in 2012. In its first three years, the initiative incubated thirteen team-taught courses that introduced new pedagogical approaches to the study of cities at universities in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and South Africa.
"We are honored that the Mellon Foundation is recognizing our path-breaking work in bringing methods from the humanities to the study of cities, and in providing opportunities for humanities students to experience the studio-style pedagogy that is central to design education," said Anthony Cascardi, the Irving and Jean Stone Dean of Arts and Humanities and co-principal investigator of the initiative.