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

The inter-generational effects of genocide

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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The story of a Holocaust survivor

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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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 their land­scape, and what the future holds for open space development. “Emerald Net­works” opened in the…
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Humanities Center Events


Controversial Issues in Security Studies: Spring 2015

April 21 – Smuggler Nation: How Elicit Trade Made America
Peter Andreas, Brown University

April 28 – America Abroad: The United States’ Global Role in the 21st Century
William Wohlforth, Dartmouth College..
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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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