Brown Bag Series

The Humanities Center invites applications from scholars in the humanities, arts, and related disciplines who would like to deliver a talk in its 2023-2024 Brown Bag Colloquium Series. One of the Center's signature programs, this series provides a regular forum for the exchange, development, and synthesis of ideas among humanities and arts scholars at Wayne State. The series helps the Center fulfill its mission to be a catalyst for interdisciplinary conversations and fellowship among WSU scholars at all stages in their careers.

In a departure from previous years, the Advisory Board will review all submissions and select 8 to 12 presentations. Reducing the number of Brown Bags offered per year will allow the Center to broaden its overall programming through new initiatives such as the Humanities Coffee Hour and Books in Dialogue (our expanded book launch program).

In keeping with the spirit of this series, the Center especially welcomes submissions from scholars who hope to present works in progress as they work toward refining their research findings for publication. The Center likewise encourages collaborative submissions that showcase interdisciplinary work. Priority will be given to junior faculty, non-TT faculty, and scholars who have not recently delivered a Brown Bag.

Applications are due by April 12.

Apply for the 2023-2024 Brown Bag Series here!


All WSU scholars in the humanities, arts, and related disciplines are eligible to submit proposals. Doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy and MFA students who are in their final year are also eligible. However, please note the following exceptions:

  • Scholars may not deliver the same Brown Bag talk more than once.
  • Scholars may not use Brown Bag talks to share published work.
  • Applicants may only submit one proposal total.

Guidelines for Proposals

Each proposal must include the following elements:

1. A tentative title

2. A tentative abstract (150 words maximum)

3. A bio (200 words maximum)

4. A statement of anticipated outcomes from this Brown Bag, with publication and future research plans (200 words maximum)


1. Recipients must inform the Humanities Center of any publications that eventually result from the Brown Bag.

Winter 2023 Brown Bag Schedule

Winter 2023 Brown Bag Schedule

  • March 22, 2023- Steven Winter  "The Made and the Made-Up" HYRID; FAB 2339 RSVP for Streaming

  • March 29, 2023- Ty Partridge "The role of school-based health centers in addressing the needs of adolescent mental health" HYBRID; FAB 2339 RSVP for Streaming

  • April 5, 2023- Haiyong Liu "The effect of animacy on Mandarin Chinese" Click here to RSVP VIRTUAL

  • April 12, 2023- Joshua Wilburn  "Nice White People and the Epistemology of Ignorance in Langston Hughes" HYBRID; FAB 2339 RSVP for Streaming

  • April 19, 2023- Lance Gable  "The Future of Wastewater Screening for the Public's Health" HYBRID Click here to RSVP