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.

Critical and reflective study of human cultures and people’s artistic and intellectual achievements develops acumen, heightens sensitivity to experience, and enhances our sensibilities.  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

January 27-29, 2015 The Impact of the Holocaust on the Next Generation   70 years after Auschwitz’s liberation, the College of Social Sciences and Humanities and the Northeastern Humanities Center invite you to a series of commemorative and educational events that reflect on the Holocaust’s legacy in the 21st century. Please see the event schedule…
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Faculty Works-in-Progress: Bilge Erten

Bilge Erten Assistant Professor, Economics and International Affairs College of Social Sciences and Humanities “Trade reforms, and racial and gender inequality: Evidence from South Africa” 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in 310R Renaissance Park Light refreshments will be served 

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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.