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Virginia Tech Humanities Week

Call for Proposals

As a part of Virginia Tech’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences is proud to sponsor the first-ever Virginia Tech Humanities Week from February 7 to 11, 2022.

Part of the celebration will be the annual Giovanni-Steger Poetry Prize on Tuesday, February 8, and a keynote by Dr. Kwame Anthony Appiah — a professor of philosophy and law at New York University,  author of the New York Times column “The Ethicist,” and a recipient of the National Humanities Medal — on Thursday, February 10.
The goal of the week is to showcase the vigor and variety of work in the humanities across the university right now. As such, the Steering Committee invites proposals from all current and former faculty, staff, and students to put on engaging, interactive events to highlight the vitality of the humanities (broadly defined) at Virginia Tech. Such events could include interactive installations, lectures, hands-on demonstrations, undergraduate and graduate research panels, and much more.

All events should be accessible to a variety of audiences, including the full university community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni; local residents; and prospective students, both graduate and undergraduate. Please note all events will be open to the general public, and will be livestreamed and recorded.
Some potential themes to help frame your proposal:

  • Ut Prosim and the Humanities;
  • The Humanities and the Future of the University;
  • A World without the Humanities;
  • Tech for Humanity; or
  • Anything else related to the “Humanities” broadly defined.

To submit a proposal, please fill out this brief Google Form no later than Friday, November 5, 2021.
The organizers have a limited budget provided by the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences to support successful applicants. Please direct any questions to Professor Matthew Gabriele (, chair of the Steering Committee.

Virginia Tech Sesquicentennial

The entrance to Virginia Tech's main campus in Blacksburg, with banners announcing the 150th anniversary of the university.

From July 2021 through December 2022, Virginia Tech is marking the 150th anniversary of its founding with ongoing celebrations that will extend across the commonwealth, nation, and world. For more information about #VT150, follow this link.

The celebration will include the annual Giovanni-Steger Poetry Prize on February 8, and a keynote on February 10 by Dr. Kwame Anthony Appiah, a professor of philosophy and law at New York University and author of the New York Times column “The Ethicist.”

The full schedule will be announced soon.

Nikki Giovanni poses for a photo while holding one of her publications, Rosa.
All undergraduate students at Virginia Tech are invited to submit an original poem to The Giovanni-Steger Poetry Prize contest, established by the late President Emeritus Charles W. Steger and University Distinguished Professor Nikki Giovanni, pictured above.

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