Fostering multidisciplinary perspectives
Exploring artifacts of the human experience
Peter Christensen named Humanities Center director
Christensen, professor of art and art history, has been named the new Ani and Mark Gabrellian Director of the Humanities Center, and begins his tenure on July 1, 2022. The internationally recognized scholar of architectural history and design succeeds Joan Shelley Rubin, the Dexter Perkins Professor of History, who has led the center since its inception in 2015.Continue Reading
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 email@example.com.
News & Announcements
July 1, 2021
Rochester ethicist William FitzPatrick considers whether “’the better angels of our nature’ are robust enough to create and sustain a better world.”
Rochester scholars in the humanities and social sciences will study human migration as part of a “temporary research center” supported by a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar grant.
October 27, 2020
English professor Bette London introduces students to Nobel-winning authors and the controversies surrounding the prize.
May 15, 2020
The assistant professor of history is the first recipient of the award, which will support research for his forthcoming book, In the Wake of the Raid: Piracy, Captivity and the 1683 Raid on Veracruz.
April 11, 2019
A recent gift from University of Rochester Trustee Bernard T. Ferrari ’70, ’74M (MD) and his wife, Linda, establishes the President’s Ferrari Humanities Award.
In These Times: A Humanities Program for Today
In 2021-22, “In These Times: A Humanities Program for Today” will explore not only the individual and social consequences of COVID-19, but also the new visions of human existence inspired by other departures from the “normal,” such as war, revolution, migration, and economic change. As discussion leaders, University of Rochester faculty members will draw on historical documents, visual arts, social science, and literary texts to examine the challenges and opportunities that crisis has created, past and present.
Amitav Ghosh: geopolitics are key to understanding the climate crisis
This year’s Distinguished Visiting Humanist says humanists have a vital role in reframing the climate crisis as rooted in history and culture as much as technology and economics.Read More
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
With majors and degree programs that incorporate dozens of disciplines.
Comprised of hundreds of courses based in Arts, Sciences and Engineering.