Critical Issues in America Grant

The College of Letters and Science sponsors the distinguished endowed Critical Issues in America series.

Proposals for 2017-18 program are due April 10, 2017.

Photo of LBJ addressing poor; photo of citizens marching in support of Civil Rights.

2014 Critical Issues in America:
The Great Society at Fifty

Running continuously since 1995, and often co-sponsored by other campus units, the Critical Issues in America series examines topics of contemporary national concern or significance from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Previous series have focused on environmental issues and policy reform; media ownership; women, employment and globalization; violence in America; ethnic studies; marriage and alternatives; the effects of sea level rise; and programs, policies, and reforms associated with the Great Society. View a complete list of previous Critical Issues in America topics.

Considering applying for a Critical Issues Grant? Download the proposal process detail.

Every other winter the College of Letters and Science will invite proposals for a Critical Issues in America program.  Proposals from groups of faculty, departments and programs, and department-based and interdisciplinary centers are encouraged. Funding will be available for 16 months from September 1, to allow a four-month period of organization and a full twelve months of programming.

Activities and programming should address a topic of contemporary national concern or significance. Preference is given to proposals that encourage broad interdisciplinary participation. The topic should be offered for discussion as a Freshman Seminar and included in other related courses at the undergraduate level. Programming should include lectures offered to the university and local community as well as panel discussions with nationally-known experts. Information gathered from the discussions, classes, guest speakers, and research, should be disseminated in an appropriate format.

For reference, view elements of a Critical Issues in America proposalRead more about the series:

Questions may be addressed to Assistant Dean Barbara Gilkes: