The Mellon Foundation has pledged $533,000 to the Visiting Scholars Program of the James Weldon Johnson Institute, renewing a critical source of funding until 2014. a central component of the Johnson Institute’s mission.
Since 2007, the program has hosted junior and senior scholars in the humanities, humanistic social sciences and law. Scholars are assigned to a faculty host in one of the following departments or schools: music, history, African American studies, English, law and the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts.
“Before this program was created, these scholars worked in a fragmentary way and were not part of a community,” says Rudolph P. Byrd, founding director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies. “Here, they receive a network of support beyond the institute itself.”