Center for Humanities

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The Center for Humanities advances research based on humanistic methods of scholarship among faculty and students in arts, human-centered social sciences, and humanities fields working in their disciplines and collaborating with faculty across Virginia Tech. Supporting scholarship this way is essential to realizing the center’s objective of foregrounding the overarching relevance of the humanities that will be broadly impactful both within and beyond the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Beyond this, the center will collaborate with Virginia Tech’s legislative liaisons, the Department of Political Science, and the Policy Strategic Growth Area to focus on engaging legislators on matters of public policy related to the center’s major initiatives. The center will partner with the University’s Link office to engage corporate entities on matters of ethics and the impact of technology on humans. The center will also engage civic institutions pertaining to issues that bear directly on such areas as local residential life, health, security, and employment.

Call for Applications – Humanities Summer Stipends

The Center for Humanities at VT invites applications for 2 funding opportunities.

Upcoming Events

  • Beloved Community Initiative Awards Ceremony and Public Humanities Summit The Beloved Community Initiative is a partnership between Virginia Tech and Virginia Union University to explore and advance Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s conception of the Beloved Community in the 21st century. In 2017, the VT-VUU partnership launched the inaugural Beloved Community Initiative Essay Contest. The essay contest invited junior and senior high school students to choose one set of historical figures and prepare an exploration of those two (or three) persons, focusing on how the legacy of their life's journey came together to advance the Beloved Community. On November 27, 2018, The VT-VUU Beloved Community Initiative will celebrate the essay contest winners. The event will feature two panels on (1) the history of the Civil Rights movement through the lens of the winning essays and (2) understanding contemporary forms of structural inequality implications for creating systems of economic and social justice, paradigmatically captured in Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision for a "Beloved Community." 11/27/2018 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM Assembly Hall at Holtzman Alumni Center
  • Center for Humanities Research Talk: Promoting Conscientious Discourse with Thought Swap Presented by Deborah Tatar. ThoughtSwap is a web-based application that can be used to change the infrastructure of discussion in face-to-face small groups or classrooms. Lunch is provided. 11/30/2018 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM Lane 132