Palm Springs Residential Fellowship
The William A. Percy Foundation for Social and Historical Studies is pleased to offer a residential fellowship in Palm Springs, California, for scholars at any stage of their career (Ph.D. dissertation writing, sabbatical support, postdoctoral award, independent scholar, or senior scholar levels), or for experienced journalists, filmmakers, or activists. The fellowship consists of free residence in an attractive disabled-accessible apartment next to a large pool and garden behind a private house. Free utilities, use of washer-dryer, one-car parking space, and internet access are provided, plus a $500-1,000 travel / research stipend. The house is located on a quiet street that is two blocks from mountain hiking trails, a shopping center, and a bus line going directly to the city’s LGBT Community Center and to gay restaurants and nightclubs.
Palm Springs is the nation’s largest gay resort and retirement community, with an all-LGBT city council and a relaxed atmosphere. The beautiful mountain and desert scenery and warm climate are conducive to inspired writing. Nearby Palm Springs Public Library, Rancho Mirage Public Library, and College of the Desert Library can be supplemented by the library of the University of California at Riverside, which is an hour away by bus.
There are many libraries in the Los Angeles area (which is two to three hours away by car, bus and train): ONE National LGBT Archives at USC, the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy at UCLA, and the Human Sexuality Collection at California State University Northridge.
The Palm Springs residential fellowship is offered for qualified persons who need a quiet congenial setting to do writing on the topic priorities emphasized on the website of the William A. Percy Foundation (http://www.wapercyfoundation.org). Topics may be in any academic discipline, but special encouragement is given to subjects that will contribute to the growing body of scholarship which questions contemporary punitive approaches to sexual regulation by the state.
What can be learned from the experience of feminist, gay, transgender, and other social change movements, in enacting public policy changes on a political level? What can be learned from the example of diverse cultures, from a multiethnic and transnational perspective?
Fellowship terms are flexible, from two weeks to six months, with possible renewal if more time is requested in writing for completion of the project. Send a CV and letter (up to three pages) to Professor Thomas K. Hubbard (firstname.lastname@example.org), describing the proposed project, its social science or public policy implications, the extent of the work that has been done so far, and a timetable for the project’s completion.
The William A. Percy Foundation is seeking interns
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Help with our prisoner book project!
In conjunction with the recent move of the Foundation’s office from Austin, Texas, to Chico, California, we seek volunteers to help with the Foundation’s Insiders’ Bookstore project, a resource that sends books and educational materials to incarcerated individuals, mostly from sexual or gender minorities. In turn, inmates agree to fill out detailed questionnaires that provide research data to criminologists, social scientists, and legal scholars working with the Foundation.
Volunteers can assist us in a variety of ways, whether cataloging books donated, processing prisoner correspondence, tabulating survey data, or preparing book orders for shipment.