The Geoffrion Family Fellowship is the highest honor awarded by the Humanities Center to an undergraduate. Up to six students are selected annually. They receive extraordinary opportunities to work one-on-one with faculty, interact with distinguished visiting writers and intellectuals, and develop advanced skills in research and public engagement.
The Geoffrion Family Undergraduate Fellows Program is part of the annual Altman Program in the Humanities. It is open to outstanding Miami University undergraduates who seek an opportunity to explore advanced scholarship in the humanities. Geoffrion Fellows join the Altman faculty research community of eight to ten professors from a range of academic disciplines. This faculty group gathers to study an issue of consequence through a special faculty seminar and a series of public lectures, conferences, and other events. Two members of the faculty research group also teach a special 400-level course on the theme of the Altman Program.
The goal of the program is to offer ambitious undergraduates an opportunity to conduct independent inquiry, an introduction to research collaboration in the humanities, and a sense of what it is like to be a professor of history, philosophy, language, literature, or culture.
Geoffrion Undergraduate Fellows are sometimes invited to be guests in the Altman Faculty Research Seminar. They have opportunities to meet with distinguished visitors and on occasion interview or dine with them. Working closely with faculty fellows and the Altman Graduate Fellow, each Geoffrion Fellow develops an independent research project, a formal presentation of this project, and a collaborative public humanities project. Individual research projects may count for departmental honors or Honors Program credit. Collaborative public humanities projects can include a range of creative projects, including development of a website, blog, archive, podcast, or film; creation of press materials for conferences and visiting scholars; organization of a film series, book club, or community service project; or publication in a non-scholarly magazine or newsletter.
Geoffrion Undergraduate Fellows earn up to 6 credits: 3 in in the special, team-taught 400-level Altman course during fall, and 3 independent study credits in the spring.
The Geoffrion Undergraduate Fellowship includes a $250 award.
Applications are due, March 3, 2019.
To apply, submit an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline. Please type “GUF APPLICATION” in the subject line of your message. Your message should contain your application document in the form of a PDF attachment named "[your last name] GUF Application.pdf." Your document should contain the following:
2019-2020 Geoffrion Family Fellows Program.
Program Topic: “Time & Temporality"
Human experience is fundamentally shaped by the relation to time. We constantly think in, and of, time. We worry about it, negotiate it, and try to manipulate it. Humans are embedded in many temporalities: the slowness of plants and seeds, the eons of nuclear waste, the urgency of climate change, the impatience of social injustice, and the slow-burning pain of hope. But what exactly is time? We sometimes treat it as a commodity, something to trade, exploit, and accumulate. We also tend to see it as the measure of change across a straight line. But this definition fails to capture the experience of time, the dynamics of natural cycles, and the ways in which human consciousness sweeps from past to future and back again. To the extent that we construct our experience of time, it is malleable, aesthetic, and artistic. Yet it is also unequally distributed in life spans, prison sentences, and the availability of leisure. The 2019-20 Altman Program invites faculty, students, alumni, and the public to explore the multiplicity of time and our engagement, both active and passive, in it. How do clock and calendar time relate to natural cycles and lived experience? How has the human sense of temporality changed historically in response to social, economic, political, technical, and cultural forces? How do the arts and literature express, modify, and conceptualize the complexity of time? What are the pleasures and pains of time? To the extent that time is a human experience, how might the humanities be positioned to release or create its meanings? In an era of emphasis on spatial representation and big data, can renewed attention to temporality help us reframe our experience, our world, and the challenges we face?
Special Course: Philosophy 410T/French 430T TR 1:15–2:35 PM
Geoffrion Fellows must register for the 2019-2020 Altman Program course, “Time & Temporality” (FRE 430T/PHL 410T). This small, special course invites students to engage with a wide array of representations and theories of time in literature, philosophy, film, and more. The course will be team taught by Professor Jonathan Strauss and Professor Elaine Miller.