Imagine Fund visiting distinguished chair in the Arts, Humanities, or Design nominations sought

The McKnight Arts and Humanities Endowment has been reorganized and renamed the Imagine Fund. The Imagine Fund is sponsoring a visiting distinguished chair in the Arts, Humanities, or Design, to be housed in the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). Nominations for the chair are open and College of Design faculty members are encouraged to participate in the nomination process.

The Imagine Fund seeks proposals to identify candidates of high distinction for the new visiting distinguished chair. This new chair will attract a world-class scholar or scholars to spend up to one academic year at the University. This position will be a catalyst with the goal of stimulating wide-ranging discussion on the arts and humanities across the University.

The nature of the appointment will be flexible, although the chairs will be asked to conduct some of their activities and encouraged to engage the interdisciplinary community at the IAS. Proposals should include a clear statement of potential impact and activities the chair might conduct on campus, as well as suggestions as to how the chair might engage the larger public.

Nominations should be sent to Jon Binks ( A selection committee will begin reviewing nominations in mid-February 2009.