The UNH Center for the Humanities invites faculty who have an idea for a series on a critical and timely issue to submit a proposal by October 25

Thursday, September 9, 2021
collage of past Sidore series posters

Recent Sidore series have focused on personal genomic medicine, mass incarceration, global activism, public health and personal liberty, the drug wars and indigenous leadership in sustainability.

The Center for the Humanities invites colleagues from across the University to submit proposals for the 2022–2023 Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series. Organized thematically, the Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series is directed at the broad University community, as well as the public beyond the University. Funded in part by an annual gift from the Saul O Sidore Memorial Foundation, the series has, for more than thirty years, been a highlight of the academic year.

We encourage interested faculty to propose topics that raise critical — and even controversial — issues addressing urgent societal concerns. Proposed topics need not be in the humanities. In the past, interdisciplinary proposals have been especially successful. Recent Sidore series have focused on personal genomic medicine, mass incarceration, global activism, public health and personal liberty, the drug wars and indigenous leadership in sustainability. The 2021–2022 series, which will hold its first event on Zoom in October, will explore aging in America.

The series generally consists of five or six lectures over the course of either the academic year or one semester, but groups submitting proposals are welcome to recast the format. Faculty members may submit proposals as individuals or groups, though most successful proposals have come from groups of faculty, often across several different disciplines and even colleges at UNH. Organizers may involve staff and students in their planning.

Organizers are given a $25,000 budget and full control of the series (with some limited administrative support from the Center) and are responsible for all aspects of planning and publicity. For an overview of the process of directing such a lecture series, please contact the Center for the Humanities' assistant director (katie.umans@unh.edu, 862-4356).

A panel convened by the Center for the Humanities will review proposals. Proposals should include:

  • A cogent discussion of the proposed lecture series theme and its significance to the University and broader community.
  • A list of prospective speakers with a summary of their credentials. Please note that the Sidore Foundation does not fund speakers who are on the rosters of speaker bureaus or have agents, and they encourage us to present interesting and engaging speakers, even if those speakers are not well known.
  • A discussion of the series format and scheduling.
  • A budget outlining expenses.

For full guidelines and for a list of past Sidore Series topics with links to events, see Sidore Lecture Series under Funding Opportunities on the Center’s page.

If you have questions about a proposal or possible topic, please contact the Center's director, Stephen Trzaskoma (s.trzaskoma@unh.edu), or assistant director, Katie Umans (katie.umans@unh.edu or 862-4356).

The deadline for proposals for the 2022–2023 series is Monday, October 25, 2021.

This year, the Center will also be inviting proposals, on a rolling basis, for Sidore Master Classes, designed to support teaching sessions or workshops that address critical or controversial issues (which need not be in the humanities). Up to $5,000 will be available for a visit by an expert in any area — arts, humanities, sciences, technology — who will help interested UNH faculty, staff and students and interested residents of the state build new skills or learn new applications or contexts for their skills. These funds are intended to support demonstrations, trainings, hands-on learning sessions, and other interactive models. They are not intended to support public talks, presentations, or general performances or exhibitions. Those who have ideas for events are encouraged to write the Center for the Humanities at any time with a request and a proposed date.