Library of America, an acclaimed nonprofit publisher and cultural institution, is seeking a qualified person with a recent MA or PhD degree for a full-time, two-year position in Public Humanities funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Scholar in Public Humanities (SIPH) will assist in the development and implementation of Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters Today, a national public humanities initiative comprising a groundbreaking anthology, public conversations with poets, literary scholars, and historians in public libraries, museums, and other venues around the country, and a website and supporting materials that will explore the multifaceted African American poetic tradition, its place in the history of American culture over 250 years, and its continuing vitality and importance. The program is presented in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Poetry Society of America, and the Academy of American Poets, among other organizations.
The SIPH will be exposed to various aspects of nonprofit humanities publishing and a broad range of public programming and will form an integral part of the project team, involved in strategy, planning, and execution, under the direct guidance of experts in the field of public humanities.
The successful candidate will work out of the Library of America’s offices in New York City. The position, with a term extending from March 2019 through February 2021, carries an annual stipend of $40,000 and includes benefits.