Critical and reflective study of human cultures and people’s artistic and intellectual achievements develops acumen, heightens sensitivity to experience, and enhances our sensibilities. Founded in 2008, the Northeastern Humanities Center supports faculty and student research in the humanities and social sciences; facilitates collaboration across disciplines; and presents humanistic and social scientific research to the wider university community and the general public. Through working groups, forum discussions, symposia, seminars, workshops, informal dialogues, conferences, and joint projects, the Center supports a wide-ranging interdisciplinary exchange of ideas in an atmosphere of respect for different perspectives, experiences, and expertise. By offering various opportunities for engagement with art, literature, philosophy, history, and social and political formations, the work of the Humanities Center strengthens the foundation from which we can respond meaningfully to one another and the needs of our world.

Humanities Center News

Exploring the important role of city parks

                                March 26, 2015 by Joe O’Connell Published by News@Northeastern Parks and open spaces have long been a vital part of a city’s ecosystem, and the newest exhibit at Northeastern’sGallery 360 explores how five U.S. cities have incor­po­rated parks into. . .
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Campus forum analyzes Paris attacks

                              March 6, 2015 by Joe O’Connell Published by News@Northeastern Five North­eastern Uni­ver­sity fac­ulty mem­bers came together last month to examine January’s attacks in Paris and dis­cuss dif­ferent ways the tragic events fit into the larger con­text of con­flicts, ter­rorism, free. . .
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Congratulations to the 2015-16 “By Design” Faculty Fellows

Please join us in congratulating the Northeastern University faculty fellows selected for the third annual Northeastern University Humanities Center Resident Fellowship Program. The theme for 2015-16 is “By Design,” and the fellows and their projects are: Elizabeth Bucar Associate Professor Department of Philosophy and Religion College of Social Sciences and Humanities “Pious Fashion” Victoria Cain. . .
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Humanities Center Events


Confronting Guantánamo

                Confronting Guantánamo locates Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in time and space.  It also examines the nature of place, the reality of the refugee experience, the ethics of public health, the implications of indefinite incarceration, and the scope of human justice. Exhibit Opening: Guantánamo Public Memory Project March 19,. . .
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Green City Spaces: Design + History + Literature Colloquium

          Tuesday, April 7, 2015 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in 20 West Village F A Plenary Panel: Scott Bishop, Principal at Stoss, Registered Landscape Architect, and Human Ecologist  James Engell, Gurney Professor of English Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University Paisley Rekdal, Professor of English, University of Utah; Creator and Editor. . .
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Space and Place between the Disciplines. An Interdisciplinary Conversation.

Thursday, April 9, 2015 9:00a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Alumni Center, 6th Floor, 716 Columbus Avenue Space and Place between the Disciplines.  An Interdisciplinary Conversation. Humanities Center Fellow Year-End Symposium Keynote Speakers: Peter Bol, Vice Provost for Advances in Learning and the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Director of the. . .
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Snow Dates – Holocaust Awareness Week

  Northeastern’s Holocaust Awareness Week was originally scheduled for January 27-29, 2015.  Due to snowstorms, the following events have been rescheduled for April 2015. Philip N. Backstrom, Jr. Survivor Lecture Series Talking with Grandma Wednesday, April 8, 2015 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Northeastern University’s Alumni Center 6th floor, 716 Columbus Avenue Featuring Irene Selig and. . .
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Laura Green

Professor and Chair, Department of English; Humanities Center Advisory Board

None of us can hope fully to understand the complexity of even a single human society, but study in the humanities and social sciences can bring us closer to understanding the aspirations, inspirations, failures and triumphs that define humanity.

Emily Artiano

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English; Humanities Center Graduate Fellow

Through humanities research, we investigate a broad range of perspectives on societies, cultures, and ideologies never with the intention of reaching definitive answers, but rather, with the goal of broadening our understanding and leading us to ethical responses and then to the next set of questions.