Mellon Puts Humanities in Close Touch With Urban Studies

Mellon Foundation Puts Millions Into 'Urban Humanities' 2

David Zentz for The Chronicle

Jonathan Crisman, project director for the Urban Humanities Initiative at UCLA, says those involved are finding ways to work outside the bounds of their own disciplines.

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David Zentz for The Chronicle

Jonathan Crisman, project director for the Urban Humanities Initiative at UCLA, says those involved are finding ways to work outside the bounds of their own disciplines.

The planet is becoming more urban every day. Yet scholars in two academic domains that have lots to say about city life, humanities departments and architecture schools, rarely talk to each other. What if they did?

That's the key question behind a new effort to reimagine urban studies.

Roughly a dozen institutions—including Cornell University, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the University of California at Berkeley and at Los Angeles—are