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 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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3Qs: The fall of the Berlin Wall, 25 years later

November 12, 2014 by John O’Neill Published by News@Northeastern Sunday marked the 25th anniver­sary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the bar­rier that sep­a­rated the German cap­ital for almost three decades and epit­o­mized the divi­sions of the Cold War. Starting Wednesday, North­eastern will hold a series of events com­mem­o­rating the anniver­sary, including a mul­ti­media…
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Humanities Center Events


Holocaust Awareness Week

Tuesday, January 27 – Morton Lecture with Helen Epstein
Wednesday, January 28 – Survivor Lecture “Talking with Grandma”
Events will continue as planned on Thursday, January 29


Faculty Works-in-Progress: Mya Poe

Mya Poe Assistant Professor, Department of English College of Social Sciences and Humanities “Stories of Testing: What Students and Statistics Can Tell Us about Making Writing Assessment Fairer” 12 – 1 p.m. in 310 Renaissance Park Lunch will be served


Our Neighbors’ Faiths: Stories of Interreligious Encounter and Transformation

            Featuring the Interfaith Leadership Fellows and co-directors of CIRCLE at Andover Newton Theological School Dr. Jennifer Howe Peace, Assistant Professor of Interfaith Studies Rabbi Or Rose, Founding Director of the Center for Global Judaism at Hebrew College Prof. Celene Ibrahim-Lizzio, Islamic Studies Scholar-in-Residence jointly appointed to the faculties of Andover Newton Theological…
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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.