Announcing the SSRC/NEH Sustaining Humanities Infrastructure Program

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) has launched the Sustaining Humanities Infrastructure Program (SHIP), supported by a $2.5 million grant from the Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). NEH/SSRC SHIP will offer grants of up to $100,000 to colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations in support of pandemic relief and recovery efforts, with priority given to projects and institutions that address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as applications from minority-serving institutions. Humanities infrastructure—the people, projects, and resources dedicated to the study and advancement of humanities topics—is essential to …

The Council mourns the loss of Board and Visiting Committee member Michael Gellert (1931-2021)

Michael Gellert, philanthropist, venture capitalist, and vital member of the Council community, passed away on August 17 at the age of 90. Born in Prague in 1931, Gellert was a general partner of the investment firm Windcrest Partners, which he cofounded in 1968, a director of Dalet Technologies, and a director emeritus of Seacor Holdings. He received a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from the Wharton School. In addition to his business career, Gellert devoted much of his time, knowledge, and experience to advancing the work of nonprofits, including the Carnegie Institution for Science, Human Rights Watch, the