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  • April 18, 2017

    Mellon Foundation Awards Rochester $1 Million Grant for Humanities

    The University has received a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to increase undergraduates’ engagement with the humanities. Titled “Humanities for Life,” the five-year initiative is designed to engage students early in their academic careers, to create opportunities for experiences outside the classroom, and to foster community engagement.

  • April 12, 2017

    The Future of the Past

    Textual scientist and Associate Professor of English Gregory Heyworth lights up the first drafts of history

  • March 22, 2017

    Distinguished Visiting Humanist

    Wendy Doniger, the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago, is this year’s Distinguished Visiting Humanist. Doniger, a scholar of Hinduism and mythology, will be in residence at the University from March 22 to 24.

  • March 6, 2017

    Ferrari Humanities Symposia

    Christopher Celenza, a professor of classics at Johns Hopkins University, will speak on “Machiavelli: Yesterday and Today” as the keynote speaker of this year’s Ferrari Humanities Symposia. He’ll deliver his lecture on Tuesday, March 7, at 5 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library.

  • March 3, 2017

    Smithsonian secretary addresses questions of arts and cities

    David Skorton, the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and the former president of Cornell, visited the University on March 3 for a keynote address and panel discussion about the humanities, arts, and the future of the city, sponsored by the Humanities Center. 

  • February 7, 2017

    Llerena Searle on BBC

    Llerena Guiu Searle, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Spring 2017 Humanities Center Fellow will be a guest at 11 am ET tomorrow (Wed., Feb 8) on BBC's 'Thinking Allowed" program to discuss her book Landscapes of Accumulation. 

  • October 31, 2016

    Landscapes of Accumulation: Real Estate and the Neoliberal Imagination

    Congratulations to Llerena Guiu Searle, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Spring 2017 Humanities Center Fellow, on the recent publication of her book!

  • September 21, 2016

    Douglas Crimp, Before Pictures, New York City 1967-1977

    Crimp, Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History and Professor of Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, famously named a generation in 1977, when he curated the show “Pictures,” at Artists Space, and published a related essay in the journal October. In this dense exhibition-as-memoir, he puts that accomplishment in a rich and broader perspective.

  • September 30, 2016

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  • September 6, 2016

    Emerging Architectural Historians Win Awards

    Assistant Professor of Art & Art History, Peter Christensen, is one of three scholars to have been named as a recipient of the 2016 SAH/Mellon Author Award, which supports scholars working on their first book. The award is an initiative of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. None of the three books has been published yet. This year's recipients all focus on Germany before the Second World War.

  • June 6, 2016

    Rochester Italianist receives honorary professorship

    This spring, the University of the Pacific (UP) in Lima, Peru, conferred an honorary professorship on Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio, associate professor of Italian in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. The designation recognizes her scholarly contributions to the field of Italian studies and comparative literature as well as her efforts in fostering a dialogue among Italianists worldwide. 

  • May 9, 2016

    Humanities programs to benefit from $2 million commitment from alumnus

    Joseph F. Cunningham ’67 (MA) and his wife, Andrea, have committed $2 million to support research, lectures, and public forums within the humanities. Click here to read more. 
  • May 6, 2016

    "Environments" lecture series scheduled for 2016-17

    The Humanities Center Lecture and Workshop Series will center around the theme of "environments" for the 2016-2017 academic year. Speakers will include Andrea Wulf, Andrew Light, Carol Dougherty, and Gregg Mitman. Click here for more information.

  • April 28, 2016

    Watch Noam Chomsky's "Language, Creativity, and the Limits of Understanding"

    The 2016 Distinguished Visiting Humanist was Noah Chomsky. Click here to watch videos from his time on campus.

  • April 7, 2016

    April is National Poetry Month

    National Poetry Month was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to “highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets, and encourage the reading of poems.”  We invite you to click here throughout the month of April and discover some of poetic richness that can be found at the University of Rochester.

  • April 1, 2016

    Ferrari Humanities Symposia

    The 2016 Ferrrari Humanities Symposia keynote speaker will be Jane Tylus, Faculty Director of the Center for the Humanities and Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at New York University. Professor Tylus will present “Saying Good-bye in the Renaissance: Leave-Taking as a Work of Art” at 4 p.m. in Hawkins-Carlson Room (Rush Rhees Library) with a reception to follow. All are welcome. 

  • February 15, 2016

    Noam Chomsky is 2016 Distinguished Visiting Humanist

    This year's Distinguished Visiting Humanist will be the eminent philosopher and public intellectual, Noam Chomsky. He will be in residence from Wednesday, April 20 through Friday, April 22. 

  • February 3, 2016

    What Is The Value Of An Education In The Humanities?

    University of Rochester Professor of Astrophysics, Adam Frank, discussed this topic for NPR.

  • January 5, 2016

    Search for Humanities Center Director Underway

    The University of Rochester is currently conducting a search for the inaugural Director of the Humanities Center. Review of applications began in January 2016. Click here for more information or to apply.

  • October 8, 2015

    Distinguished Visiting Humanist from 2013/2014 donates his completed works to the George Eastman Museum

    The George Eastman Museum recently announced that renowned contemporary artist William Kentridge has donated his complete works in time-based media. Kentridge was the Distinguished Visiting Humanist at the University of Rochester in 2013/2014.

  • September 21, 2015

    University of Rochester alumni endow directorship for new Humanities Center

    University of Rochester Trustee Ani Gabrellian ’84 and her husband, Mark Gabrellian ’79, have committed $2 million to establish a directorship for the University’s newly created Humanities Center.


The Humanities Center Executive Committee is pleased to announce the Center's fellows for 2017-2018. Our internal fellows in fall, 2017, will be Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge (Art and Art History) and Steven Rozenski (English). The two fellows for spring, 2018 are Joel Burges (English) and Alison Peterman (Philosophy). Our external fellows, who will join the Center for the academic year, are Daniel Blim (Music, Denison University) and Benjamin Nienass (Political Science, California State University San Marcos).

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