The Humanities Institute at Penn State University

Promoting collaborative research on ideas

central to the pressing issues of our time.

Graduate Scholars in Residence Talks

The Graduate Scholars in Residence program provides up to nine students in the humanities with a one-course teaching release or summer funding, enabling them to devote an entire semester to work on their dissertations. Students are required to be in residence at University Park for the duration of the grant period.

Our Spring graduate scholars; Morgane Haesen, Merve Tabur, and Timothee Valentin will be presenting their work on April 20 at 12h00 on zoom. You can register here to attend their presentations.

Seed Grant Funding to support proposal development is Available Now

For faculty interested in exploring partnerships for Grand Challenge applications, Seed Grant funds are available.  Proposals should be in the neighborhood of $2-3000.

Applications should include 1) a description of the project the applicant intends to pursue including prospective collaborative partners, and 2) a budget proposing how the funds will be used to meet the project goals. 

Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis until funds are depleted, and should be sent to humanities@psu.edu with the subject line Seed Grant Application.

Learn more about the resources available.

Public Humanities Fellows

Are you an undergraduate student in the humanities who cares about social issues? 

Make Digital Media for Social Change: Become a Public Humanities Fellow for 2021-2022!

  • Create hands-on multimedia projects (documentaries, podcasts, mixed media, performance art) that focus on your topics of social importance
  • Facilitate discussion of current social topics
  • Develop community partnerships and public engagement

To participate: Enroll in LA235N/COMM235 for Fall ‘21 Introduction to Public Humanities, Tuesday/Thursday 9:05-10:20 (counts for GA or GH credit)

Learn more here.

Public Humanities Fellows

Resident Lecture Series

The Resident Lecture series forms part of the Faculty Scholars in Residence  program, jointly sponsored with the College of the Liberal Arts and the commonwealth campuses, provides up to eight faculty members per year with one semester of release time from teaching, and a $1,000 mini-grant for research expenses and/or materials.

This years resident lecture series will be hosted on zoom. Join Kirt H. Wilson on April 6th, followed by Christopher Heaney 13 April.

For more information and zoom rsvp details click here

Faculty Scholars in Residence

Humanities in the World

The Humanities in the World initiative includes funding for Visiting Scholars, Postdoctoral Scholars, and our Faculty Invites program.

Learn more about the Initiative
Find out more about Programming Resources for Commonwealth Campuses

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The Humanities’ Many Futures An Interactive Discussion with Exciting New Grant Opportunities

Join the Humanities Institute and the Humanities Without Walls team for a collective reflection on new directions in the Humanities on April 28th, 3:30 p.m. Focusing on Collaboration, Diversification, and Public Partnerships, we will together explore and reflect on the values motivating these new directions, the challenges facing them, and the ways forward in responding to these challenges.

You can follow this link to register ahead for this event.

                                                                    

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At the Heart of Every Other Question

In politics, business, and issues of social concern, the most trenchant challenges we face all rest upon fundamental questions about the human condition. What does it mean to be human, a citizen, a biological organism, a member of a society? What role does our history, and its complex conflicts and triumphs, play in our current confrontations? What responsibilities do people have for themselves and their environment versus what concern should be borne by the rest of us in a caring and just world? Where do we fit in the larger non-human world? Countless pressing social issues turn on abstract and longstanding questions that are at the center of humanities research.

Walls that Transcend Boundaries

By providing a space for faculty and graduate students in the humanities to address the fundamental questions that underly the most pressing issues of our time, we foster collaboration, innovative approaches to research, and outreach that brings humanistic discovery and thought into the public domain.

Initiatives to Inspire and Engage

In politics, business, and issues of social concern, the most trenchant challenges we face all rest upon fundamental questions about the human condition. What does it mean to be human, a citizen, a biological organism, a member of a society? What role does our history, and its complex conflicts and triumphs, play in our current confrontations? What responsibilities do people have for themselves and their environment versus what concern should be borne by the rest of us in a caring and just world? Where do we fit in the larger non-human world? Countless pressing social issues turn on abstract and longstanding questions that are at the center of humanities research.