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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CANCELED - ‘Thank God I am a Comedian’: ‘Deplorable Exegesis’ in the Activism of Dick Gregory

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED - Vaughn A. Booker, Jr., Assistant Professor of Religion and African and African American Studies, Dartmouth College. Reception begins at 5 pm.

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CANCELED - Prison Education Project Film Screening and Panel Discussion

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED - The Washington University Prison Education Project presents excerpts from the recent PBS documentary College Behind Bars, a film that highlights students pursuing college degrees through the Bard Prison Initiative. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the voices of current PEP students, PEP student alumni, and members of the PEP community.

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POSTPONED - Decolonizing Botany: From the Herbarium to the Plantarium

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED - Banumathi Subramaniam, Professor and Chair, Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts

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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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