2020 Annual Research Colloquium

Spend three weeks in New York during July working on a research or writing project related to the theme, “Oppressions and Repair,” with access to libraries and research facilities at Columbia University, Union, Auburn, and Jewish Theological Seminaries.

Our topic is suggested by issues currently in the news, but we invite projects that focus on the historical background as well the artistic, political, theological or autobiographical dimensions.  We welcome applications from those who consider themselves to be activists who would appreciate the opportunity for the time and space needed to reflect upon their work, gaining feedback from their peers.  Participants will work on research or writing projects related to our theme and collaborate with others in the group to strengthen and support their work. Media training will be offered to assist participants who seek a wider audience.

This topic is intentionally broad, covering multiple forms of oppression as well as efforts to repair the trauma and harm that result. We seek applications from scholars and writers, artists and activists, or those whose work crosses lines of academic discipline. Especially welcome are projects that focus on restorative justice, reform of the criminal justice system, reparations that might address the harms caused by slavery, native genocide or land theft. Also welcome are projects that focus upon distributive justice, economic equality and repair of the earth itself.

We invite applications from those interested in faith-rooted efforts to shape a more just and peaceful world. Individual (or team) research projects are the focus of the fellowship, with late afternoon seminars, followed by shared dinners that allow ample time for conversation and collaboration. Possible projects might include:

About the Colloquium

The Colloquium had been offered for over thirty years. Since 2012, CrossCurrents has partnered with Auburn Seminary in continuing this program. It brings together "fellows" (scholars of religion, sociologists, clergy, artists, activists and others) who have worked on questions such as those outlined above and offers an opportunity for in-depth scholarly exploration of commonalities and differences. By creating an environment conducive to research, open reflection and scholarly inquiry, participants are encouraged to learn from others who have studied different or convergent topics, bringing perspectives from their different fields.

In addition, fellows will be given the opportunity to participate in Auburn’s Media Training and will be encouraged to consider ways to bring their work to public audiences.

At the Colloquium, fellows spend three weeks together, pursuing individual research as well as gathering as a group for focused and facilitated discussions. Those who are selected for a fellowship are referred to as "Coolidge Scholars" after William A. Coolidge, the principal benefactor of this program. Each Coolidge Scholar works on his or her own project, but benefits by being able to collaborate with others. The collegial relationships that develop within the group are a crucial element of this program and one of its distinctive aspects. The work of the fellows is eligible for publication in the journal CrossCurrents.

If you have further questions about the content of the Colloquium, please contact:

Colloquium Logistics and Schedule
The Colloquium takes place July 6-24, 2020. The daily schedule allows a balance of structured and unstructured time, including:

The Colloquium is residential and provides fellows with room and board (vegetarian/kosher food available) as well as round trip travel to and from New York. Also provided is access to libraries and research facilities at Columbia University, Teachers College, Union, Auburn and Jewish Theological Seminaries. Participants are required to pay a $125 registration fee upon acceptance.

Eligibility and Application
The successful applicant will be capable of writing for a publication of the caliber of CrossCurrents. Normally, fellows will hold doctorates; some will have professional degrees or ordination; a few will qualify by reason of equivalent experience.  For ideas on the types of projects we encourage, please check the CrossCurrents website to view back issues of the journal.  Application requirements:

  1. Title and brief description (1-2 pp.) of the applicant's proposed project.
  2. A brief resume including religious affiliation or preference (if any), academic standing and professional experience. 
  3. The names, titles, institutional addresses and telephone numbers of two references. (You do not need to have these persons write a letter; we will contact references as needed.)

Applications are due by February 28, 2020.



If you have any further questions about the Colloquium or would like to explore the appropriateness of a project you are thinking about, please contact:
Charles Henderson, CrossCurrents, Executive Director
Telephone: 917-439-2305

If you have any further questions about the Colloquium or would like to explore the appropriateness of a project you are thinking about, please contact:
Charles Henderson, CrossCurrents, Executive Director
Cell: 917-439-2305