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

Powerful stories, music at Northeastern Holocaust Commemoration

                          January 30, 2015 by Greg St. Martin Published by News@Northeastern The uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity came together Thursday morning for the annual North­eastern Holo­caust Com­mem­o­ra­tion, which fea­tured pow­erful sto­ries and moving musical performances. In his keynote address, Phil Brown, Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Soci­ology and…
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The changing nature of space and place

                            December 15, 2014 by Joe O’Connell Published by News@Northeastern   Dis­cus­sions on “space and place” have evolved in recent years to inform a wider breadth of inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, going far beyond the basic ques­tion of who lives where. Indeed, spa­tial thinking…
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Humanities Center Events


The Paris Attacks: A Northeastern Forum

SNOW DATE: Featuring Northeastern faculty: Max Abrahms, Valentine Moghadam, Shakir Mustafa, Gordana Rabrenovic, and Dov Waxman


Contested Spaces: Constructing the Postwar American Order

SNOW DATE This event was postponed on February 10 due to snow.  Join us for the third public talk of the Space and Place series featuring 2 of our 8 fellows. 12 – 1 p.m. in 310 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont Street   Gretchen Heefner  Assistant Professor, Department of History College of Social Sciences and Humanities…
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In Our Name: A Play of the Torture Years

                Written by Michael Meltsner, George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law, Northeastern University Directed by Victoria Marsh Thursday, March 19, 2015 4 – 6:30 p.m. in Blackman Auditorium 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston Northeastern University The play will be followed by a panel discussion on…
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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…
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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.