Public Humanities Initiative | Master Classes

The HRC’s Public Humanities Initiative invites faculty to submit proposals for Spring 2019 Master Classes, preferably in the areas of Medical Humanities or Cultural Heritage. Master Classes are intended for undergraduate and graduate students in the humanities and humanistic fields. Students meet regularly to study critical questions using a variety of methodologies, forms, and historical contexts. Students are to be exposed to a wide variety of innovative research in the humanities and to both scholars and practitioners, ideally from the Texas Medical Center or Houston’s Museum District.

Awarded proposals will receive $7,500 to cover speaker travel and honoraria and a $1000 research account for the faculty leading the Master Class. Funds will be available provided course enrollment requirements are met.


Friday, September 14, 2018


Rice faculty in the humanities, broadly construed, are eligible to apply.

Application Materials:

  • Master Class Title
  • Master Class description of no more than 250 words
  • A list of potential speakers and their affiliations
  • Projected meeting dates

[Please compile these items into a single .pdf document and upload below]


John Mulligan (, 713-348-4971

How to apply:

Applicants must apply through the Humanities Research Center website.