Call for proposals: Blast Courses in the humanities for summer

Sponsored by the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute, Blast Courses are entry-level explorations of a topic in the humanities. These free, twice-weekly classes are meant to give instructors a chance to practice teaching a full course of public humanities and to welcome learners from outside the usual JHU student population.

To read about the program and past Blast Courses from summer 2021, click here for the website.

For summer 2022, we are accepting applications for 10–12 courses. This year one slot will be reserved for a Baltimore- or local-subject-based course (including in fields of history, political science, etc.). The instructor stipend is $2,000 for the summer 2022 term. Instructors will choose from two course formats: two prerecorded, asynchronous videos per week or one ~50-55 min. asynchronous lecture + one ~50 min. synchronous class meeting (outside of daytime, weekday working hours).

To apply: Applicants should apply using Interfolio and submit their application by Friday, April 1. Details about the application are also on this website.

*Please note: Instructors who have taught for the Blast program before cannot propose repeat course topics. New instructors, instructors from other fields, and those who will have graduated at any time between the start of the 2021–22 school year and the end of the program (Aug. 2022) are welcome.

Deadline: Friday, April 1. Selected instructors will be notified by mid-April. Program will run for five weeks from Monday, July 11, to Friday, Aug. 12.

For more info or questions, contact the AGHI administrator, Shira Dingle at