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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events

The Land of Open Graves: Understanding the Current Politics of Migrant Life and Death along the US-Mexico Border

Women's Building Formal Lounge

Jason De León, Professor of Anthropology and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles - Holocaust Memorial Lecture

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Symposium on Empire in the Eighteenth Century

DANFORTH UNIVERSITY CENTER, ROOM 234

Featuring talks by Sophus Reinert, Christy Pichichero and Thomas Dodman.

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Blackface Broken Records: On the Eve of the Blues Feminist Experiment

Hillman Hall, Clark-Fox Forum

Daphne A. Brooks, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of African American Studies, and Professor of Theater Studies, American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale University - Faculty Book Celebration 2020

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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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