Critical Issues in America Grant

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

Proposals for the next series are due April 9, 2019.

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. 

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.

Read more about the series, including past topics at

Questions may be addressed to Assistant Dean Barbara Gilkes: