Annual Event

Since its establishment in 2017-2018, the Humanities Institute has hosted an annual lecture each spring to celebrate and interrogate the work of the humanities. In 2018-2019 we introduced an Alumni Award, given to a Penn State graduate who has made a significant impact in the humanities. 


2018: Michael Roth | President, Wesleyan University

2019: Sarah Willie-LeBreton | Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Swarthmore College

Alumni Award: Robert Newman | President and Director, National Humanities Center | English, ’72

2020 (cancelled due to COVID): Quiana Whitted | Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina

Alumni Award: V.P. Franklin | Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History, UC Riverside | History, ’69

2021: Upcoming event:  The Humanities’ Many Futures An Interactive Discussion with Exciting New Grant Opportunities on April 28th, 3:30 p.m. 

Join the Humanities Institute and the Humanities Without Walls team for a collective reflection on new directions in the Humanities. 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.