About the Center

The human fingerprint maps our identity, the ties that bind us, the lingering traces we leave on this earth. As humanists, we explore the durability as well as the fragility of the human condition — opening windows onto worlds near to home and oceans away, worlds we interpret through stories and images, poems and performance, history and narratives, sounds and silence. At Washington University in St. Louis, the Center for the Humanities facilitates the labor of humanists by nurturing innovative research, transformative pedagogy, and vibrant community engagement locally and globally.

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Funding new research in the humanities

Pursuing new scholarly ideas about the world takes funding — whether it's for a two-month tour of research sites in Japan or a two-week trip to an archive to view materials available only there — that can be hard to find via regular channels. The Center for the Humanities fills this gap with a number of funding opportunities for Washington University faculty in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Learn more about their stories!

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The Great Chernobyl Acceleration

Busch Hall, Room 100

Kate Brown is Professor of History in the Science, Technology, and Society Department of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Women as Patrons of Architecture in Renaissance Rome

DANFORTH UNIVERSITY CENTER, ROOM 276

Carolyn Valone, Trinity University – Paul and Silvia Rava Memorial Lecture

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The Feuilleton and the Ornamental Image: Hofmannsthal, Polgar, Musil

HURST LOUNGE | DUNCKER HALL, ROOM 201

Patrizia McBride, Director of the Institute for German Cultural Studies & Professor of German at Cornell University

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Faculty Fellowships at Center for the Humanities

Time devoted exclusively to research and writing is integral to academic productivity. Faculty fellowships provide the opportunity to make significant strides.

Apply for funding for humanities research, fellowships, reading groups and more

The humanities center facilitates the labor of humanists by nurturing innovative research, transformative pedagogy, and vibrant community engagement locally and globally.

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