Since 1992, the National Humanities Center has provided college and university faculty with opportunities to deepen their knowledge and find intellectual renewal under the guidance of leading scholars.
With an emphasis on interdisciplinary connections, these seminars encourage learning about new ways to apply scholarly research to college-level teaching.
The Center supports the increased turn and value of public-facing humanities projects, particularly when emerging technologies are applied to critical questions. Scholarship and expert voices are essential in demonstrating how the humanities can guide us through contemporary problems and issues.
Upcoming Public Humanities Institutes
Podcasting the Humanities: Creating Digital Stories for the Public
June 14–18, 2021
Podcasting has become a common form of storytelling in the digital and social media age. This five-day virtual institute will provide hands-on training for faculty in the humanities to translate research, commentary, and community-sourced narratives into podcast episodes.
Previous Public Humanities Institutes
Mapping the American Experience
November 9–10, 2017
This two-day institute offered introductory and intermediate level training to educators on the use of geographic information system (GIS) technology in the humanities classroom. With a focus on geoliteracy skills as they apply to the humanities, each session supported the integration and application of Esri GIS services to curriculum and research.
DuPont Summer Seminars
From 1992 to 2016, with the generous support of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the National Humanities Center welcomed cohorts of liberal arts college faculty to investigate compelling topics in the humanities. Previous seminars include:
|Immigration and Citizenship
Kunal M. Parker (Fellow, 2014–15), Government, Law, & Political Science, University of Miami
|The Spatial Humanities
John Corrigan (Fellow, 2014–15), Religion & Theology, Florida State University
|Social Crime Fiction
Ruth Morse (Fellow, 2012–13), English & American Literature, Université Paris-Diderot, Sorbonne
Charles McGovern (Fellow, 2013–14), American Studies and History, College of William & Mary
|Constructing Children: Words and Pictures
Laurie Langbauer (Fellow, 2011–12), English & American Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
|Globalization and Modern Capitalism
Edward J. Balleisen (Fellow, 2009–10), History, Duke University
|Cross-Cultural Encounters and Exchanges in the Age of Empire
Dane Keith Kennedy (Fellow, 2010–11), History, George Washington University
|“Use Them All”: The Humanities and Environmental Study
James Engell (Fellow, 2010–11), English & Comparative Literature, Harvard University
Bart D. Ehrman (Fellow, 2009–10; Fellow, 2018–19), Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
|Exotic Wisdom: Encounters with the Religious Other in Pre-Islamic West Asia
Jason BeDuhn (Fellow, 2009–10), Religious Studies, Northern Arizona University
|The Concept of the Savage: Fact, Fiction, and Factual Fiction
Parker Shipton (Fellow, 2008–09), Anthropology, Boston University
|The Self: Knowledge, Memory, and Imagination
John M. Doris (Fellow, 2008–09), Philosophy, Washington University in St. Louis
|Worried Sick, Worried Well
Nancy Tomes (Fellow, 1999–00), History, Stony Brook University