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Humanities Commons

A collection of booksHumanities Commons is an open-source, open-access network serving scholars and practitioners across humanities disciplines and around the world. More than 23,000 registered users have created profiles and are collaborating and sharing their work with their colleagues and with the public. Our users are faculty members, graduate students, librarians, teachers, writers, researchers, and more. Humanities Commons gives all of them the means to help their work change the world.

Your Support Will Make a Big Difference

Contributions to this campaign will help Humanities Commons reach more scholars and scholarly organizations around the world, strengthening their collaborations and enabling them to make more of their work public. Expanding the network will also make it possible for teachers and students everywhere to find and use cutting-edge research in the humanities.

Project Budget

Humanities Commons is engaged in a multi-year $1.5 million fundraising campaign, which will allow us to support the network and its team for seven years. Every $3 we raise will release a fourth dollar from the NEH’s Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge grant, allowing us to build a total fund of $2 million.

As part of that larger campaign, we hope to raise $5,000 in 2020 from members of the Commons community and supporters of MSU. Your contribution will help us demonstrate the community’s support for making research and teaching across the humanities more open and more publicly accessible.

Who We Are

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, project director, MSU

Eric Knappe, technical lead, Modern Language Association

Bonnie Russell, project manager, MSU

Anne Donlon, project manager, Modern Language Association

Nelson Alonso, Web developer, Modern Language Association

June Oh, graduate assistant, MSU

Kathleen Fitzpatrick is Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University, where she also directs MESH, a research and development unit focused on the future of scholarly communication. She is project director of Humanities Commons, an open-access, open-source network serving more than 23,000 scholars and practitioners across the humanities and around the world, and she is author of Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019), Planned Obsolescence:  Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (NYU Press, 2011), and The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television (Vanderbilt University Press, 2006).

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 21OOPCF1HUMCOM” in the note section.

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