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
Please join us in congratulating the Northeastern University faculty and graduate fellows selected for the third annual Northeastern University Humanities Center Resident Fellowship Program. This fellowship provides a focused period of time for 8 faculty fellows and 2 graduate fellows to pursue research, to collaborate around a common theme, and to share their work with…
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April 15, 2015 by Jason Kornwitz Published by News@Northeastern Author and academic Helen Epstein discussed the inter-generational effects of genocide on Monday evening at Northeastern University, delivering the 23rd Annual Robert Salomon Morton Memorial Lecture to students, faculty, and staff in the Raytheon Amphitheater. The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Epstein explained that her family’s past…
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April 14, 2015 by Joe O’Connell Published by News@Northeastern Irene Selig’s story of surviving the Holocaust is not an easy one for the grandmother of four to tell. But she said it’s crucial that she shares it so young people will learn the importance of speaking out against injustice. Selig was the featured speaker of…
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Humanities Center Events
The NULab is organizing a one day symposium on Monday, May 18 in the Cabral Center at the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute to discuss changing standards for evaluating digital scholarship in the humanities. Institutional mechanisms of appraisal are struggling to make sense of new mediums for scholarly work such as digital publishing, collaborative projects, and…
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This conference is jointly organized by: Eugenio Menegon (Boston University) Philip Thai (Northeastern University) Xing Hang(Brandeis University) Free and open to the public. Please visit the conference website for the full program and a complete list of participants and abstracts.
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.
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.