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Inaugural Meeting of the Phenomenological Discussion Group

The purpose of the Phenomenological Discussion Group is to provide an opportunity for individuals to engage in meaningful conversations about their areas of expertise and engage with the concept of phenomenology.

Date and time: September 22nd at 12:15 p.m. The meeting will be held on Zoom.

The objectives of this phenomenological discussion group are twofold:

  1. To provide an opportunity for individuals to engage in meaningful conversations about their areas of expertise and the intersections with phenomenology, broadening the entire group’s understanding.
  2. To explore the concept of phenomenology and its application to our lives, research, and teaching experiences.

If questions, contact Tiffany Petricini,

The Penn State Society for the Study of Religion (SSR) presents "Monks, Nuns, and Manuscripts: Crossing the English Channel in the Middle Ages"

A seminar with Kathryn Salzer, Associate Professor of History and Gorman-McCourtney Early Career Professor in Medieval History.

Date: Wednesday, September 27
Location: 102 Weaver Building
Time: 12:15–1:15 p.m EDT.

Historical studies of twelfth- and early thirteenth-century France and England often focus on the developments of, and interactions among, the Capetian and Angevin royal houses. Given the strengths of these royal houses at this time, as well as their participation in crusading efforts and their mutual struggles in regions like Normandy and Flanders, there clearly remains considerable history to examine. Yet, the trans-channel connections between France and England were much broader and deeper than those reflected in the royal houses, their armies, and the political dilemma that was Normandy. Monastic houses, especially those belonging to larger religious orders, had frequent and often continuous contact with each other across the region of Northern France and England.

Graduate Student Summer Resident Talks (September 26)

Our Spring graduate scholars; Eunice Toh, Sarah Carey, and Camila Gutiérrez will be presenting their work on September 26 at Noon to 1:00 p.m, in 124 Sparks. Read more about their projects here.

The Graduate Scholars in Residence program provides 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.

HumIn Focus: Episode 7 is now Live!

HumIn Focus is a multi-part web series centering on pressing social issues through the lens of the work of humanities scholars. To learn more about the web series, visit the HumIn Focus website.

Episode 7 of HumIn Focus, “Getting to Know AI: Are We Asking the Wrong Questions?” premiered on WPSU on June 24th, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. 📰 Click here to read the release announcement in the news. – ▶️ Watch Episode 7 here.

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Commonwealth Campus Center Nodes (C3N) Workshop

As part of a university initiative to create synergies across the Penn State University system, faculty at the Harrisburg and Greater Allegheny Penn State campuses, have produced a video series promoting the value of Humanities education, called “Humanities Works”.  The series is produced by Rosemary Martinelli and Catherine Rios.

Visit Commonwealth Campuses Collaboration Programs to view the recordings from this series.

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History alumna creates fund to support undergraduate research in the humanities

The Humanities Institute is grateful to announce a new fund that will help expand research opportunities for undergraduate students. The Liz Covart and Tim Wilde Humanities Institute Undergraduate Research Fund in the College of the Liberal Arts will make it easier for students to participate in humanities-based research projects by supplying research materials and supplies, underwriting travel expenses, and providing other forms of support.

Read more here.

Thank you Liz and Tim!

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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