The inaugural Virginia Tech Humanities Week took place February 7–11 as part of the university Sesquicentennial Celebration. The weeklong series spotlighted the importance of the humanities in addressing global issues historically and in the future; it included a variety of presentations and workshops, including the Nikki Giovanni Celebration of Poetry. Matthew Gabriele, Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion and Culture, chaired the Humanities Week Steering Committee, which vetted programming proposals and organized the week’s events.