The Cohen Center for the Humanities collaborates regularly with groups and organizations across campus to support various interdisciplinary projects for the humanities. Below, you can find a list of our recent collaborations across James Madison University. If you would like to collaborate with us, please contact our director, Dr. Michael J. Klein.

Programs Offered Through the Cohen Center

Cohen Center Graduate Scholarship Awards

The Cohen Center Graduate Scholarship Awards is an initiative started by The Cohen Center for the Humanities to provide up to two years of financial support to incoming graduate students from underrepresented groups or first-generation college students. Recipients of this $5000/year competitive scholarship must be doing scholarly work with a substantial humanities component. The second year of funding is dependent on making satisfactory progress in your program of study.

If you are interested in being considered for this award, please consult with your graduate director during the admission process for your program. 

The deadline for submitting all materials is February 28 annually.

Please contact Michael J. Klein at kleinmj@jmu.edu with any questions.

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Cohen Center Scholars Program

The CC Graduate Scholars Program helps all graduate students undertaking scholarship with a significant humanities and/or interdisciplinary component prepare to present at a professional conference. The program consists of two workshops held at multiple times during the year:

  • Workshop 1: Finding the right conference and crafting a proposal
  • Workshop 2: Preparing and delivering your presentation                   

After the successful completion of the program, participants will be eligible for up to a $500 reimbursement for costs associated with presenting at a regional, national or international conference. Participants must attend both workshops, as well as attend and present their work at the conference, to receive the reimbursement. Eligible professional conferences must be held during the current academic year and travel must be completed prior to graduation from JMU.

Completed applications are due by noon on January 15 as an email attchment sent to Michael J. Klein at kleinmj@jmu.edu.

Application Form

Collaborations 2020-2021
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African, African American, and Diaspora Studies Center

The Cohen Center for the Humanities collaborated with JMU's new African, African American, and Diaspora Studies Center to create their new website: jmu.edu/africana. This website was created by Graduate Assistant, Megan Medeiros (M'21).

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African, African American, and Diaspora (AAAD) Studies 11th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference

Graduate Assistant for The Cohen Center for the Humanities, Megan Medeiros (M'21), in collaboration with Conference Convener David Babcock, created the website for the 11th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference. This was the first year the conference was entirely virtual, due to COVID-19.

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African, African American, and Diaspora (AAAD) Studies 11th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference

The Cohen Center for the Humanities sponsored a panel showcasing the scholarship of graduate students in AAAD's 11th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference. The panel, titled "Paved with Good Intentions: Discussing the Lack of Black and Brown Spaces within Social Media and Podcasts," was put together by Graduate Assistant Megan Medeiros (M'21) and featured the work of John Albrite, PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Tessa Crosby, PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Megan Medeiros, MA candidate at James Madison University; and Rob Porter, independent (JMU M'20) and was moderated by Rebecca Paulisch, MA candidate at James Madison University.

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African, African American, and Diaspora (AAAD) Studies Center

The Cohen Center for Humanities collaborated with the new AAAD Studies Center to create the Black Firsts at James Madison University Timeline. This project was taken up by Graduate Assistant, Megan Medeiros (M'21) from undergraduate students, Zaria Heyward (2020) and Qyaira Colbert (2020) which was originally created for the Fall 2019 course "Black Studies and Black Spaces."

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Dr. J. Blake Scott

The Cohen Center for the Humanities in collaboration with JMU's minor in Medical Humanities sponsored the virtual visit of Dr. J. Blake Scott from the University of Central Florida for his talk, "Using Comics as
Data Collection Tools for Eliciting Stories about Stigma" on February 18. 

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Dr. Catalina Florina Florescu

In collaboration with JMU's minor in Medical Humanitites, the Cohen Center for Humanities helped sponsor Dr. Catalina Florina Florescu's talk "Mia and Staging Breast Trilogy" on March 10.

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Dr. Sean Grattan

The Cohen Center for the Humanities partnered with JMU's English Department to sponsor Sean Grattan's virtual talk, "Post-Apocolyptic Critters: Salvage, Affect, Queer Ontologies" on March 16, 2021.

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Dr. Edward Maibach

In collaboration with SCOM, The Cohen Center for the Humanities helped sponsor Dr. Edward Maibach's virtual discussion, "Influencing Public Understanding and Facilitating Behavior Change: Two Guiding Heuristics" on April 7.

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Disability Studies and Music Education Symposium

The Cohen Center for the Humanities helped sponsor the JMU Center for Inclusive Music Engagement's Disability Studies and Music Education Symposium, held virtually from April 15-17, 2021.

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Summer Graduate Internship 

The Office of Research and Scholarship awarded The Cohen Center for the Humanities a $5,000 grant to support a summer graduate student research intern in collaboration with the Madison Art Collective.

Collaborations 2019-2020
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2019 Feminisms and Rhetoric Conference

The Cohen Center for the Humanities helped to sponsor American Sign Language (ASL) interpretors and other accessibility services for the 2019 Feminisms and Rhetoric Conference brought to JMU by the Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communications (WRTC) program. This event "is an academic conference that focuses on ways rhetorical actions and actors work for social change."

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2020 Civility and Disagreement Conference

The Cohen Center for the Humanities helped sponsor JMU's College of Arts and Letters' Logic and Reasoning Institute's 2020 Civility and Disagreement Conference. 

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African, African American, and Diaspora (AAAD) Studies 10th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference

The Cohen Center for the Humanities sponsored a panel showcasing the scholarship of graduate students in AAAD's 10th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference. The panel, titled "Diasporic Memory in the United States’ Past and Present," was put together by Graduate Assistant Marina Shafik (M'20) and featured the work of Will Stanley, Alex Brooks, Marina Shafik, and Kevin Leaven, all of James Madison University and was moderated by Corey A. Hickerson of James Madison University.

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2020 Virginia Humanities Conference

The Cohen Center for the Humanities sponsored a panel on the role of humanities centers for the 2020 Virginia Humanities Conference held at James Madison University. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference was cancelled.

Collaborations 2018-2019
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Visiting Speaker: John Jennings

The Cohen Center for the Humanities in collaboration with the Department of English sponsored the visit of John Jennings for his talk The Cipher Back to Here on October 12, 2018

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Visiting Speaker: Amy Lewis

The Cohen Center for the Humanities in collaboration with the Department of Music Education sponsored the visit of Amy Lewis for her talk Self-Reflection as an Act of Coming to Consciousness on October 17, 2018.

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Three-Minute Thesis Competition

The Cohen Center for the Humanities collaborated with The Graduate School to help sponsor their Three-Minute Thesis competition. The first place winner was sponsored by The Graduate School to attend the regional competition at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools in Knoxville, Tennesee, February 14-16, 2019. In addition, the audience voted to select the winner of the People's Choice Award, sponsored by the Graduate Student Association.

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Visiting Speaker: Dr. Meredith Conti

In collaboration with the School of Theatre and Dance and the Medical Humanities Minor, The Cohen Center for the Humanities helped sponsor the visit of Dr. Meredith Conti for Portrayals of Mental Illness in 19th-Century British Drama on February 21, 2019.

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Visiting Speakers: Professor Graham Welch and Dr. Adam Ockelford

In collaboration with the Department of Music Education, The Cohen Center for the Humanities helped sponsor the visiting talk of Professor Graham Welch and Dr. Adam Ockelford, Music with Children and Young People on the Autism Spectrum on March 26, 2019.

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Visiting Speaker: Dr. Norah Dunbar 

The Cohen Center for Humanities in collaboration with the School of Communication Studies sponsored the talk of Dr. Norah Dunbar, Deception Detection in Video Games on April 8, 2019

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