Apply to Host a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow by April 4 for Priority Consideration

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program continues to provide CIC member campuses with high-impact programming opportunities. Fellows are prominent artists, journalists, business leaders, diplomats, environmentalists, civil libertarians, and other nonacademic professionals. Each week-long campus visit—which may include classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions—enables meaningful connections between the Fellow, students, campus leaders, and the community. Applications are now available for campuses that wish to host a visit in the 2019–2020 academic year. The priority deadline for the receipt of application is Thursday, April 4, 2019.

Each visit takes on a personality that serves the needs of the campus and draws on the distinctive expertise of the Fellow. Allegheny College (PA) hosted Fellow Jeffrey Ball in September 2018. Ball, a longtime environmental editor at the Wall Street Journal, worked with the campus coordinator, political science professor Brian Harward, to develop a short course titled “The Future of Energy Policy.” The visit also included a public address by Ball that was part of a semester-long lecture series on energy and the environment. After the visit, Harward called Ball a “master teacher and a strategic planner.”

Callie Crossley sites with three other people on stage addressing an auditorium
Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Callie Crossley (left) speaking at a Wheaton College (MA) event. (Photo credit: Keith Nordstrom/Wheaton College)

In November, Fellow Callie Crossley, a Boston-based documentary producer and radio host, spent a week at Wheaton College (MA). The key event of the visit was a “fireside chat” where provost Renée T. White, a faculty member, and a student engaged in an informal conversation with Crossley before a large audience. Topics ranged from American history to the phenomenon of “fake news” to a personal experience. The event was well-attended, including by community members, and the informal set-up allowed for a robust engagement with the audience. The visit, well-timed to coincide with the November elections, also included a luncheon open to students, faculty members, and staff, where Crossley reflected on the election results. Of Crossley, White said, “She was great for our campus and for our community.”

The roster of available Visiting Fellows constantly evolves to meet the programming needs of CIC member campuses. Two new Fellows were added recently:

Alllison Riggs headshotAllison Riggs, attorney with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, is a voting rights activist. She has litigated redistricting cases on behalf of State NAACP Conferences in four states, and in 2018, she argued the Texas redistricting case before the United States Supreme Court. During a campus visit, Riggs could discuss the Roberts Supreme Court, the 2020 census, voting rights and disenfranchisement, civil rights, and criminal justice reform.

Steven Weisman headshotSteven R. Weisman, vice president for publications and communications at the Peterson Institute for Economics, was previously the chief international economics correspondent for the New York Times (2006–2008) and a member of the editorial board specializing in politics and economics (1995–2002). He is the author of a number of books including The Chosen Wars: How Judaism Became an American Religion (2018), which garnered laudatory reviews in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, and The Great Tradeoff: Confronting Moral Conflicts in the Era of Globalization (2016). A visit by Weisman could feature discussion of global economics, especially moral dilemmas posed by trade inequality, the state of contemporary journalism and challenges of social media and the internet, and the evolution and conflicts within American Judaism and U.S. relations with Israel.

Campuses interested in hosting Fellows during the 2019–2020 academic year should review the online roster of Fellows and complete the simple online Campus Request Form. Institutions pay a set fee to CIC, and CIC covers the Fellow’s honorarium, primary travel, and other incidental expenses. The Campus Request Form and other program details, including fees, are available online.