Intersections Collaborating with Strangers Events

(Dec. 7, Jan. 5, Jan. 11, & Jan. 19)

Intersections: Animating Conversations with the Humanities is a 3-year program of the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere at the University of Florida funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Intersections program will fund four Intersections Groups, which are interdisciplinary groups of faculty and graduate students with members from the humanities and allied fields who work together to address grand-challenge questions in their research and teaching. (More information on this funding opportunity is forthcoming.)

All UF faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to participate in these Intersections Collaborating with Strangers Workshops and Idea Cafe Table events to meet potential collaborations and discover hidden resources for their work.

Collaborating with Strangers (CoLAB) Workshops

Thursday, December 7, 2017: 10am-12pm


Friday, January 5, 2018: 10am-12pm

Smathers Library 100

Hey Stranger…looking for a way to combine forces with other folks in the humanities and beyond? Collaborating with Strangers workshops connect students, faculty, and researchers on campus during 3-minute speed-meetings. You’ll walk away with more resources, solutions, and creative ideas than you ever imagined! Focused conversations will yield the following:

  1. potential collaborative relationships;
  2. generation of research “grand-challenge” questions spanning disciplines; and,
  3. problem solving of issues by discovering hidden resources.

CoLAB Workshops will be followed by lunch.

CoLAB Idea Table Cafes

Thursday, January 11, 2018: 3pm-5pm


Friday, January 19, 2018: 10am-12pm

Smathers Library 100

Join other CoLABers for Idea Table Cafes where we will extend the benefits of CoLAB Workshops by expanding the connections and ideas that were generated during a CoLAB Workshop. This facilitated, casual environment will stimulate new possibilities of working with each other to combine research, teaching, and other collaborative opportunities, including a proposal to the Intersections Research into Teaching Grant.

CoLAB Idea Table Cafe sessions will be followed by a lunch or reception.


To register, email Include your name, department, date(s) you plan to attend, and your email address. Although we hope that interested scholars will attend a CoLAB Workshop and then an Idea Table Cafe, you are welcome to attend any and all events.

Ongoing Exhibits

Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War

October 23-December 2, 2017

Health Science Center Library First Floor

More than three million soldiers fought in the war from 1861-1865. More than half a million died, and almost as many were wounded but survived. Hundreds of thousands were permanently disabled by battlefield injuries or surgery, which saved lives by sacrificing limbs. The perspectives of surgeons, physicians, and nurses are richly documented in the history of American Civil War medicine, which highlights the heroism and brutality of battlefield operations and the challenges of caring for the wounded during wartime. Yet the experiences of injured soldiers during the conflict and in the years afterwards are less well-known.


Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War explores the experiences of these veterans, who served as a symbol of the fractured nation and a stark reminder of the costs of the conflict.


Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War focuses on disabled veterans and their role as symbols of the fractured nation.


More info on this exhibit at and

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine

November 13-December 23, 2017

Health Science Center Library First Floor

Many histories have been written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers have often been overlooked. Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their work as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender.


More info on this exhibit at and