Grand Challenge Seminars

Grand Challenge Seminars feature leading scholars who can see the future. Small gatherings (10-20 people) over a meal introduce researchers and thought leaders at Rutgers to a campus colleague or a guest from outside the university who is doing transformational scholarship:

  • pioneering new forms of research,
  • developing a new method,
  • introducing new kinds of evidence,
  • challenging received wisdom,
  • testing a new theory,
  • collaborating with new partners,
  • developing new prototypes,
  • achieving new outcomes, and
  • in the process outlining a new domain of scholarship.

Grand Challenge Seminars meet three to four times per year and aim to spark the ideas that can lead fields over the next decade.

Past Seminar

The Work of Art in the World: Charting a Future for Engaged Humanities Scholarship, November 29, 2018

Doris SommerDoris Sommer, Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and African and African American Studies, Harvard University, led a conversation about how humanities scholars can design and conduct research that reaches the widest, most diverse, and most locally-embedded communities, drawing on her own scholarship on Latin America and her work nationally and internationally with her non-governmental organization Cultural Agents.