Shared Funding

  • Reading Groups

    Reading Groups gather regularly to study texts of mutual interest. Some groups are student-driven, some for faculty only, and others are a mix of students, staff, and faculty.

    Grants are available for visits to temporary exhibitions or special engagement performances sponsored by museums, libraries, arts presenters, and universities. Funds may be used for travel and admission or registration, but not for material items (books, etc.).

    Propose a Reading Group

    Proposals should include:

    • Description of the group's format
    • Possible participants
    • Tentative schedule
    • Projected budget (food, guests, books)
    • Explanation of the project's intellectual scope and relationship to Haverford's academic program

    Fall: Monday, October 20th, 2014
    Spring: March 1st, 2015

    Up to $750

    Propose a Reading Group

    Past Reading Groups

    Current Groups

    Faculty Reading Group

    Open to faculty and staff. Meets monthly on Mondays at 4:15 p.m., Stokes 102.

    Rajeswari Mohan (
    Group started with Chinua Achebe's The Arrow of God, to join Tri-College events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the novel's publication.

    List of Readings and Meeting Dates:
    Fall 2014

    • September 22: Chinua Achebe, The Arrow of God (1964)
      Theme for remainder of the year: "Theory Novels."
    • October 20: Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections (2002)
    • November 17: Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad (2011)
    • December 15: Teju Cole, Open City (2012)

    Spring 2015

    • January 26: Alan Hollinghurst, A Stranger's Child (2011)
    • February 16: Lorrie Moore, The Gate at the Stairs (2010)
    • March 16: Jeffery Eugenides' The Marriage Plot (2012)
    • April 20: Sam Lipsyte, The Ask (2011)
    • May 18: Ben Lerner, Leaving Attocha Station (2011)

    Poetry Reading Group (PRG)

    PRG discusses poetry the way we all found it first: outside of the classroom. Bring a few copies of a poem that you like/don't like/want to talk about by a poet other than yourself. Open to students, faculty and staff and meets Thursdays at 9:00 pm, Woodside Cottage.

    Tom Sternberg '17 (
    Marissa Gibson-Garcia (

    Born From War: Underrepresented Voices of the Vietnamese Diaspora

    Organized by Catheline Phan '18

    Evoking the memory of the HCAH/Office of the President's November 2014 symposium "Vietnam War in Poetry: Ancient History or Prescient Harbinger," we will be examining the effects of the Vietnam War through the lens of various Vietnamese perspectives. To do so, we will discuss specific themes present within the anthology "Watermark: Vietnamese American Poetry and Prose."

    The group will meet for 4 sessions during the second half of the 2014-2015 spring semester. Food and an exciting trip to South Philly will be provided!

    Interested? Email by 3/16.

    Winter Break Reading Group: "The Bone Clocks"

    Organized by Brett Pogostin, the group will read "The Bone Clocks" by David Mitchell. The group will meet once a week over the first three weeks in the spring semester to talk about the novel. English Professor Laura McGrane will act as faculty adviser and discussion facilitator. Participants: Elizabeth DeJong '18, Sabrina Emms '18, Susan Kelly '18, Nava Kidon '18. Erica Lauren Kriner '18, Mandy Levine '18, Oliver Maupin '18. Mia O'Reily '18, Lucas Richie '18 and Eliana von Krusenstiern '18.

  • Dialogues on Art
    A group at an exhibition, discussing the work.

    Students, faculty, and staff visit the exhibit Jason Rhoades, Four Roads as part of a Dialogues on Art trip to Philadelphia's Institute of Contemporary Art. Photo: John Muse.

    Dialogues on Art are excursions that bring together a small, interdisciplinary group of students and faculty to visit exhibitions, performances, and screenings of contemporary art in the greater Philadelphia area, continuing their conversations over dinner.

    The Center covers the travel, admission fees, and dinner. Faculty, students, and staff may propose Dialogues trips.

    More Information

    Deadline: Rolling

    Contact: Programs and Administrative Manager Emily Cronin (

    Past Dialogues on Art

  • Student Research Assistantships
    A student and faculty member collaborating.

    Photo: Brad Larrison.

    The Center serves as a resource for students and faculty to learn more about opportunities to collaborate, pairing faculty and students based on areas of student expertise.

    These assistantships provide mutual benefits—helping scholars with their work while giving students meaningful experience and insights about research and teaching in the humanities through a variety of tasks, including archival research; annotated bibliographies; textual editing; course, seminar or symposium design and preparation; database and web design; and curatorial apprenticeship.

    • Faculty applying through this program must choose from the pool students who have applied for the SRA through the Center. Faculty may have particular students in mind to work with over the summer, but there are faculty for whom the HCAH serves as a clearinghouse, a place to look for students with particular skills or interests. All SRA's funded by the Center must submit an application.
    • Faculty or departments with Humanities projects may apply for funding of up to $4,300 to cover student wages and materials for up to 10 weeks of summer work. Proposals for shorter projects are also welcome.
    • The Center prioritizes returning students, but recent graduates are eligible to work during their post-graduation summer.

    Note: Modest faculty funding for Students Research Assistants is also available at any time of the year through the Tuttle Fund for Development of Visual Culture Across the Curriculum.


    Propose a research assistantship for summer 2015.
    Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2015



    Apply to work with a faculty member for summer 2015.
    Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2015


    Past SRAs