Auburn Seminary and APRIL (Association for Public Religion and Intellectual Life) seek applicants for our Summer Research Colloquium in New York City, July 1-15.

Ideal applicants are artists, activists, academics, community leaders, and others who work across disciplines, use differing terminologies, and work on issues of repair after the trauma and harm of multiple oppressions.

This might include a focus on restorative justice; the criminal justice system; reparations regarding slavery and native genocide and land theft; repair of the earth in the face of environmental racism; distributive justice around economic inequality and work for equity; and other modes of oppression.

The colloquium designates participants as Coolidge Fellows and so offers them the opportunity to conduct research at Columbia University, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Union Theological Seminary’s libraries.

At present, we are planning for an in-person, residential colloquium. We know this may need to change, pending COVID-related public health guidelines. For now, we believe we can meet in person safely, and will constantly monitor the situation in NYC to be sure this remains the case. If we need to change our plans, we will of course do so and will keep in regular communication with accepted applicants as we monitor the situation.

Accepted applicants will receive lodging and food stipends for the duration of the colloquium. We also intend to include some reimbursement for travel to NYC (details forthcoming).

Applications are due by March 18, 2022.


How to Apply

Use the Google Form below to submit basic information and your Application Essay.

Questions about you and your work include:

  • a resume or curriculum vitae (not to exceed three pages) detailing your qualifications and professional experience
  • three questions about the past, present, and future of your relevant work, described in more detail below
  • a confiden­tial letter of reference, described in more detail below

Your resume and application can be uploaded through the Google Form. Your reference letter must be emailed by your referee to maintain confidentiality. Applications without all three components will be considered incomplete, and will not be reviewed.

Application Essay
Your application essay should adhere to the guidelines stated on the Google Forms document. In 1-2 paragraphs each, you will be asked to address:

  • Your past work on the topic, and your interest in continuing to find its significance in your religious, social, educational, and/or political environment.
  • Any special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would allow you to make a distinctive contribution to the colloquium’s learning community
  • Evidence that participation in the colloquium will have an impact on your own work, whether in teaching, creative works, activist work, or other. Be specific about how the colloquium will foster your work and the influence it might have on the places in which you work.

Reference Letter
One confidential letter of reference must be emailed by your referee to [email protected] by the March 18 application deadline. It should speak to your qualifications as an educator, activist, artist, and/or scholar.

For additional information: Visit the full post on APRIL’s website or email [email protected]

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