The University Record, October 15, 2001

CIC celebrates Native American culture

By Martin May

The U-M and other member universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) are joining forces with the Newberry Library to create a program devoted to American Indian studies.

The new CIC American Indian Studies Consortium will facilitate the development and training of graduate students in anthropology, history, literature, education and other fields that focus on the cultures and experiences of Native Americans.

The consortium will “give us a lot of critical elements,” says Philip Deloria, associate professor of history and a member of the consortium’s executive committee. “Students can take advantage of increased resources because (the consortium) lets students utilize faculties from different universities.” Deloria also says he is glad the University will be working with the Newberry Library as part of this consortium since it is “one of the most important institutions for Native American studies.”

“This is a timely decision that brings together a remarkable range of resources to create a unique and extraordinary opportunity for scholars,” says Barbara Allen, CIC director. “The new program responds to the growing demand for academic training in American Indian studies and promises to significantly increase the production of scholars in this field.”

The new venture will offer core programs to enhance the training of students on each CIC campus. Each year, one CIC faculty member will spend a year at the Newberry Library to conduct research and to teach a spring seminar to graduate students from the collaborating institutions. Graduate students at CIC universities will apply for 20 months of short-term fellowships to support research on their dissertations. Scholars also will come to the Newberry for an annual conference, as well as workshops and seminars. In addition, the Newberry Library with support from the Rockefeller Foundation will solicit applications nationally for two additional fellowship programs.

Founded in 1958, the CIC is a consortium of 12 research universities. Other members include University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Iowa, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University and University of Wisconsin–Madison. For more information, visit the Web at www.cic.uiuc.edu.