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Humanities 2020 Mellon Foundation Grant

 Humanities 2020 Mellon Grant Foundation Logo


Lake Forest College’s Humanities 2020, a partnership initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, works to enhance and advance humanities education through deep engagement with issues of race in Chicago.


Race and Segregation in Chicagoland’s Built Environment Teacher Training Institute

Race and Segregation in Chicagoland’s Built Environment

Teacher Training Institute for Middle School and High School Teachers

 16 - 18 July 2020

Chicago History Museum 

Click here for more information and to apply.

Professional Development Seminar for Middle School and High School Teachers developed in partnership with the Society of Architectural Historians, Lake Forest College’s Humanities 2020 Mellon Grant and the Education Department. CPDUs managed by the Lake Forest College Education Department.

The July 16-18 seminar is free to registered teachers.  It has been underwritten by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Lake Forest College Humanities 2020 Initiative.

This seminar taking place at the Chicago History Museum will offer teachers background knowledge and tools to create lessons on the history of segregation that are structured around specific examples of the built environment in Chicago and the surrounding area. Faculty leading the seminars will present their research on public space, housing, and schooling in Chicago, and will introduce online tools that will allow teachers to build their own lessons.

Numbers are limited and the strength of applications will be scored by a team of university professors, architectural specialists, and public school teachers.

Please answer the questions below to submit your application. Applications are due by 20 April 2020.

July 16

When Public Housing Was White: Race, Place and Social Uplift in America’s Inner-Cities 

Keynote address by Professor Charles Davis II, Department of Architecture, University at Buffalo, and author of Building Character: The Racial Politics of Modern Architectural Style.

July 17

Topic and curriculum development workshops followed by a reception at the Society of Architectural Historians’ Charnley-Persky House Museum.

Lake Forest Faculty Desmond Odugu, Cristina Groeger, and Brian McCammack present topic workshops on their research into the history of race and the built environment in the Chicagoland area.

Registered teachers then have the opportunity to develop curriculum based on the research and research methods presented.

July 18

Guided tour of Washington Park led by Brian McCammack, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, and author of Landscapes of Hope: Nature and the Great Migration in Chicago.


Teacher professional development institute presented in conjunction with the Lake Forest College Humanities Mellon Grant, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Chicago History Museum.

Please contact Ryan Walters, Grant Coordinator, with any questions at rwalters@lakeforest.edu.

Lake Forest College Humanities 2020 Fellows and Scholars Program at Oakton Community College

Humanities 2020 Mellon Grant Scholars and Fellow Program

As a Humanities 2020 Scholar or Fellow you will have the chance to research and collaborate with Lake Forest College Professors, Students, and Staff exploring racial and social justice in Chicago.

Explore credit and non-credit opportunities including crafting AR experiences in conjunction with our VR lab, researching the history of restrictive covenants in Chicago, developing teacher institute workshops, or access Lake Forest College resources to develop your own research and study on racial justice.

Humanities 2020 Scholars

Oakton students who plan on transferring to Lake Forest College can apply for this grant and, if chosen, will experience a marquee grant-related research experience with a Lake Forest College faculty members.  Students who apply must also apply and be accepted to Lake Forest College. The benefits include:

  • One-year term as a Humanities 2020 Scholar

  • $1500 stipend (in addition to other financial aid and scholarships through the college)

  • Earn Lake Forest College credit depending on the time commitment

Humanities 2020 Fellows

This opportunity is for Oakton students who are not ready to transfer to a four-year college. Students will participate in grant-related research projects, programs, or organizational efforts.  Benefits include:

  • 35 hours during the spring semester or in the summer

  • $500.00 stipend, plus meals provided on campus and reimbursement for travel

  • Could earn transferrable college credit



Learn more about Lake Forest College Oakton Transfer Programs at our our Oakton Admissions Page.


Please contact Ryan Walters, Grant Coordinator, with any questions at rwalters@lakeforest.edu.