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The Calgary Institute for the Humanities Endowment

The Calgary Institute for the Humanities (CIH) recently received a generous $1 million gift from double alumna Judy MacLachlan, who was inspired by her belief in the Institute's valuable work and positive strategic directions. This inspiring donation has motivated CIH to set a goal to build a $5 million endowment to support research, student experiences and to grow our community.

Creating this new CIH Endowment moves the institute closer to:
• supporting and promoting groundbreaking humanities research by enhancing the CIH Resident
• facilitating cutting-edge interdisciplinary research through our working groups
• attracting and mentoring the next generation of researchers through a Postdoctoral fellowship
• sharing research with our community through our Publications Program
• bringing community together through public lectures on timely and relevant topics

In today's world studying the humanities is important to everyone. Researching and studying our past guides our future and allows collaborative discussion for researchers to work across the university and enhance approaches to studying what it means to be human. CIH has worked to foster humanities research of the highest order, to encourage interdisciplinary conversations between scholars, and to communicate the results of Humanities research to the greater community.

The humanities explore what it means to be human, looking at literature, philosophy, religion and art to explore questions of timeliness and enduring relevance. The humanities bring new questions to older texts, and use explorations of the past to navigate the new worlds in which we find ourselves. The CIH has worked to foster humanities research of the highest order, to encourage interdisciplinary conversations between scholars, and to communicate the results of Humanities research to the greater community.

Consider supporting humanities research - consider supporting The Calgary Institute for the Humanities.

The Wayne O. McCready Resident Fellowship for an Emerging Scholar

In 2013, Prof. Wayne McCready stepped down as Director of the Calgary Institute for the Humanities.  Wayne had a distinguished thirty-five year career at the University of Calgary as a scholar, teacher and administrator in the Department of Religious Studies, and for eleven years, as the Director of the CIH.  To honour Wayne’s tenure at the Institute, we have created an endowment:  

The Wayne O. McCready Resident Fellowship for an Emerging Scholar

As Director of the CIH, Wayne bridged communities inside and outside the university in order to build on the past successes of the Institute, its research programs and its Community Seminar.   Among his accomplishments: 

     

  • At the Institute, he established an ongoing research project on place studies and hosted a major international conference on the theme in 2006.  He then exported these insights to the larger community, playing a leading role in the imagineCalgary Project (2008-2010), engaging with different community groups to help shape our city’s future. 
  • He sustained a long-running collaboration with the CBC Radio program Ideas, which saw the insights generated by our Annual Community Seminar being broadcast to hundreds of thousands of listeners around the world. 
  • He created and nurtured a community of students, academics and community members at the Institute, promoting the values of interdisciplinary work and engaged public scholarship.  The Institute’s high reputation nationally and internationally is largely a product of Wayne’s tireless efforts. 

But perhaps the most important of  Wayne’s contributions to the University was his mentorship of young scholars. The many undergraduates, doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and junior professors who have passed through the Institute benefited from his generous advice and friendly guidance, and many say that their time at the Institute was a turning point in their careers.  This endowment will continue Wayne’s legacy of making a difference in the careers of young scholars, helping to produce more great researchers, teachers and mentors at the University of Calgary. 

The endowment named in Wayne’s honour will help fund a Resident Fellowship at the Institute for scholars in the early stages of their careers.  The ultimate goal for this endowment is $175,000, which will fund a partial teaching release each year to allow the recipient time to research and write. 

If you’d like to help us help us to reach this goal, please donate here.

Alternatively, you can contact Andrea McLellan, Director of Development, Faculty of Arts to find out other ways to donate: 
403.220.2949, andrea.mclellan@ucalgary.ca

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