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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events

Scholarly Writing Retreat 2022

Various; see website

WashU scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences are invited to jump-start their summer writing.

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Virtual Book Club: The Pull of the Stars

Virtual - RSVP

A presentation of historical medical texts from the Becker Medical Library will precede the discussion. 

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Counter/Narratives: ‘More Than One Thing’

Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Rd, St. Louis, MO, 63117

Screening of the short film ‘More Than One Thing’ followed by a brief discussion

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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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