CLACS Receives Sawyer Seminar Funding... Twice!

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Race and Indigeneity in the Americas

2018-2019

Brown University received a $225,000 award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures, organized by CLACS. The initiative, titled “Race and Indigeneity in the Americas,” took place over the 2018-2019 academic year. 

Programming included three one-day workshops, eight monthly seminars, musical performances, and art exhibits.


The funding also allowed CLACS to hire one post-doctoral fellow and two graduate students. 

Rethinking the Dynamic Interplay of Migration, Race, and Ethnicity in the Caribbean and Latin America

2021-2023

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown University has been awarded $225,000 in funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a project entitled "Rethinking the Dynamic Interplay of Migration, Race, and Ethnicity in the Caribbean and Latin America."

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CLACS has been given an extention of this funding to hold events through June 2023.

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The Sawyer Seminar

"The Mellon Foundation's Sawyer Seminars were established in 1994 to provide support for comparative research on the historical and cultural sources of contemporary developments.  The seminars, named in honor of the Mellon's long-serving third president, John E. Sawyer, have brought together faculty, foreign visitors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from a variety of fields mainly, but not exclusively, in the arts, humanities, and interpretive social sciences, for intensive study of subjects chosen by the participants. Mellon support aims to engage productive scholars in comparative inquiry."

Mellon Foundation. “Sawyer Seminars.” Mellon Foundation.  https://mellon.org/programs/higher-learning/regranting-programs/sawyer-seminars/.

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The Mellon Foundation

The Sawer Seminars are sponsored by the Mellon Foundation. This non-profit is a "problem-solving foundation looking to address historical inequities in the fields" of the humanities, the arts, and higher education. Their initiatives "support impact-oriented responses to complex challenges and provide funding for work that exemplifies Mellon’s strategic direction and vision."

Sawyer Seminar Organizers

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