BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The inaugural group of First Year Fellows in the Humanities (FYFH) at Illinois Wesleyan University were welcomed at a reception in the Joyce
Eichhorn Ames School of Art Atrium on Friday, Sept. 1, where they met President Eric
Jensen, Provost Mark Brodl, Acting Associate Provost Lynda Duke, and other faculty
In addition, the fellows attended a luncheon following the President’s Convocation
on Sept. 6, where they had the opportunity to meet and ask questions of Convocation
speaker, author and historian Jelani Cobb.
The First Year Fellows in the Humanities are enrolled in the Gateway course, “What
Is a University, and Why Are You Here?” taught by Associate Professor and Chair of
English Joanne Diaz.
Later this fall, the fellows plan to participate in the Dialogues Across the Disciplines
series on campus, and will attend the Chicago Humanities Festival in early November.
This is the first year that prospective students accepted to Illinois Wesleyan were
invited to apply for the program, particularly aimed at students with a love of literature, philosophy, religion, art, musicology, and languages.