The Midwest Faculty Seminars began in 1995 with a grant from the Mellon Foundation. Though currently on hiatus, the MFS, in the years since its inception, invited faculty members from twenty-four Midwest liberal arts colleges into an on-going conversation on interdisciplinary topics of scholarly and social importance. The MFS hosted four Seminars per year, consisting of three days of formal presentations, interspersed with small groups discussions. These programs, attended by 15-25 faculty, were intended to excite intense intellectual consideration of new scholarship by both University faculty presenters and liberal arts college faculty participants. The discussions inspired new avenues for research, teaching, and collaboration. Previous topics have included Climate Change Across the Disciplines, The Future of Higher Education, Islam and/in the West, and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.
In the final year of the MFS, the CCT launched a pilot program that included UChicago graduate students among the MFS participants and devoted the final day of the Seminars to exploring ways of teaching the topics discussed.