Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates:

TAFT Reading Groups

TAFT supports reading groups to foster interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty as well as graduate students, on topics and themes of broad interest. Groups will be provided $300, with the chance of additional funding based on availability, to support various group activities. Support is renewable for up to three years.

Groups must have a Taft-eligible faculty organizer, and at least two other members (except for the organizer, other members need not be Taft-eligible faculty or students). Meetings may include various activities, including discussion, workshops, film screenings, speakers, or other activities, but the primary activity for these groups is to meet and discuss ideas. Groups will be required to meet at least three times a semester, for 90 minutes each (minimum). Reading Groups may be tied to an upcoming Taft event or to a collaborative faculty research project, among other possibilities.

Groups must be inclusive, accessible to any and all UC faculty and students; and must meet regularly.

Reading Groups are expected to submit a one-page annual report documenting their activities and future plans in order to be considered for renewal. 

Proposals will be considered on a rolling base. Please direct any questions or applications to


Current Reading Groups

Reading Groups
Religious Studies Reading Group
Global Pre-Modern Studies, ca. 600-1700
Critical Pedagogy & Writing Pedagogy
Critical Theory
Bayesian Data Analysis Discussion Group
Reimagining Global Politics