Great Lakes Colleges Association

Strengthening Education in the Tradition of the Liberal Arts

Global Liberal Arts Alliance

GLCA Library of Congress Research Initiative

In a partnership with the Library of Congress, the Great Lakes Colleges Association  invites proposals from faculty of its member colleges – and from the extended network of institutions participating in the Global Liberal Arts Alliance – to participate in a faculty/student collaborative research program drawing on the resources of the world’s most comprehensive research library. The program, called the GLCA-Library of Congress Faculty-Student Research Initiative, offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate students and faculty mentors to receive direct support for scholarly research from designated Library of Congress research librarians – a level of research support generally accorded to advanced scholars.

The seminar will begin on Monday, July 6, 2020 at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC; the on-site research segment at the Library concludes at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. The program pays the travel, lodging, and food costs of the faculty leader during the ten days at the Library of Congress. The GLCA also helps to offset the costs that students incur who participate in the program through a modest research stipend and provision of housing in Washington, D.C. A full description of this and other elements of the program can be found in the program's Request for Proposals.  The deadline for receipt of proposals is Monday, February 3, 2020 for the 2020 summer program.  Decisions will be announced by Monday, March 2, 2020.

Request for Proposals

To read a full Request for Proposals for the 2020 GLCA-Library of Congress Faculty-Student Research Program, click here.

Previous Research Teams

To access a list of all previous research teams, their faculty leaders, and project titles, click here.

To read an account of the 2018 research teams and a fuller description of the program, click here.

For an account of an international research team from the Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts in Slovakia, click here.

Summer 2019 projects

 Marcy Sacks Professor of History, Albion College, Albion, Michigan, USA. “White Supremacist Thought and the Struggle for Union in the Civil War Era.”

David Tresilian, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature, American University of Paris, Paris, France. “Coming to America: The Early Arab-American Generations.”

Kedar Kulkarni, Assistant Professor in Literary and Cultural Studies, FLAME University, Pune, India.  “Poetic Modernisms, Gender, and Sexuality in Four Indian Languages.”




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Great Lakes Colleges Association

Strengthening Education in the Tradition of the Liberal Arts

The Great Lakes Colleges Association
535 West William. Suite 301
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

+1.734.661.2350 (voice)
+1.734.661.2349 (fax)