We believe that the humanities provide context for understanding complex issues and that they can be a force for strengthening the civic fabric of our state. Outstanding public humanities programs, which can bring Hoosiers together to talk through differences and solve problems, are rooted in high-quality humanities scholarship. Our purpose is to increase the amount and quality of such humanities scholarship about Indiana.
2022 Fellows Announced
Goals and Timeline
Our Goals for the Fellowship
- Understand Black Hoosiers’ responses to racial injustice and structural racism through the creative arts and/or involvement with political, economic, social and cultural programs/activities at the neighborhood, city or state level.
- Increase knowledge of Black Hoosiers’ strategies for overcoming racial injustice and structural racism over time.
- Increase the amount and quality of humanities scholarship on the causes and effects of racial injustice and structural racism in Indiana.
- Document and/or analyze the decisions, policies and actions that created racial inequality in the past and/or the present.
- Add or expand the stories of Hoosiers in regional and national historiographies of racial injustice and/or structural racism.
- Increase the use of Indiana-based archives and collections by humanities scholars and researchers.
- Application Deadline: March 31, 2022
- Notification: Week of May 2, 2022
- Date Projects May Begin: Upon notification
- Interim Report Deadline: Dec. 31, 2022
- Date by Which Projects Must Be Completed/Final Report Submitted: June 30, 2023
About Wilma Gibbs Moore
Wilma Gibbs Moore was one of Indiana’s preeminent scholars of African American history. She served as an archivist and librarian at the Indiana Historical Society for more than 30 years and edited the Society’s Black History News and Notes publication. A graduate of Indianapolis’s famed Crispus Attucks High School and Indiana University, Moore contributed her knowledge and expertise to a number of organizations promoting African American history and culture, including the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the Indiana African American Genealogy Group, Indiana Freedom Trails, Indiana Landmarks’ African American Landmarks Committee and more. In recognition of her work, the American Association for State and Local History gave her an Award of Merit, and the Indiana Historical Society honored her with the Eli Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award. We’re proud to offer this fellowship in her honor.
2020 Fellowship Projects
The 2020 research projects and the selected fellows are:
- A Judgment Call: Indianapolis, Redlining, and Unjust Legacies | Fellow: Jordan Ryan
- Borderline Freedom: Free and Fugitive Black Women in Rural East Central Indiana before the Civil War | Fellow: Jazma Sutton
- “Tired of Going to Funerals”: Transforming Protest into Policy at the 1972 National Black Political Convention in Gary, Indiana | Fellow: Nicole Poletika
- Securing a More Abundant Life: The Indianapolis Phyllis Wheatley YWCA, 1910s–1959 | Fellows: Nancy Marie Robertson, Joseph L. Tucker Edmonds and Kim Williams-Pulfer
Ready to Apply?
Applications are closed for the 2022 Wilma Gibbs Moore Fellowships. We hope to offer them again in early 2023, so check back then. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to subscribe to our e-newsletter so that you receive notice when they open.
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