What is the Humanities Center?
As scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences at the University of Rochester, we examine human culture in its myriad forms: literature, language, media, philosophy, religion, history, anthropology, visual and performing arts, and much more. We are committed to critical thinking, reasoned discourse, inclusiveness, civility, empathy, and compassion—values that lie at the center of humanistic inquiry and that are essential for a thriving democratic citizenry. The Humanities Center, located in Rush Rhees Library, is our home base for interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration. We offer programs for faculty, students, and the public. To become an affiliate of the Center and receive emails about our events, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
News & Announcements
November 8, 2017
In her first scholarly article -- on Puritan funeral sermons for “virtuous” women -- Laurel Ulrich Thatcher included a sentence that has become a fixture in our visual landscape: “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” Ulrich will speak about finding history in overlooked objects as part of the Humanities Center's public lecture series.
April 18, 2017
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.
HUMANITIES CENTER ANNOUNCES 2018-19 THEME
The 2018-2019 theme for the Humanities Center will be "Expertise and Evidence." Our fellows, lecture series speakers, and Rosenberger Work in Progress Seminars will all relate to this theme. The theme can encompass many topics, including the various ways that humanists and scientists think about their work; multiple ways of knowing; the development of and challenges to the specialization of knowledge; the role of the university; the rise and fall of particular theories about society and human behavior; the status across and within cultures of such categories as intellect, emotions, and objectivity; and historical or contemporary dimensions of access to cultural authority. Law, medicine, religion, visual arts, literary criticism, psychoanalysis, the digital environment, and such phenomena as “fake news” and amateur music-making all furnish connections to the theme.
Now accepting fellowship applications!
The Humanities Center
Fostering Interdisciplinary Collaboration
In the Humanities Center, faculty, fellows, students, affiliates, and the public gather to collaborate and create community. Seminars, workshops, lectures, digital projects and other forms of humanistic inquiry animate our beautiful new space in Rush Rhees Library.Watch Video
HUMANITIES CENTER LECTURE SERIES
Orhan Pamuk Visits Humanities Center
Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk, Turkey’s best-selling novelist, spoke about his latest work before a packed crowd at the Interfaith Chapel on October 25.Read More
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