Our Programs

The Humanities Center sponsors a wide array of programs, all of which contribute to the intellectual life of the Center, the heart of which is the weekly colloquium series. Read about them below, or select from the links on the right-hand side of this page.

Faculty Fellowship

The Humanities Center hosts University of Pittsburgh faculty to take part in Center activities as an Internal Faculty Fellow. These fellows lead a colloquium in the Humanities Center and we enlist two faculty members, preferably coming from different fields of study, to deliver responses during the session--these respondents may come from Pitt or from other local institutions.

Visiting Short-Term Fellows

The Humanities Center invites scholars from around the world to take part in short-term visits to the Humanities Center. These visiting short-term fellows typically present one public lecture, one round-table colloquium discussion, and one student-focused event. Additionally, each spring term, the week after commencement, we bring one scholar to campus to host our week long Faculty Seminar.

Transdisciplinary Research Seminar Fellowships

The Humanities Center seeks to support research across disciplinary boundaries, and to that end we support seminars and incubators taking up transdisciplinary research  topics.

Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowships

Graduate students are a crucial part of the research community in the Center, and we support several Graduate Student Summer Research Fellows, who then participate in the intellectual life of the Center in the following academic year.

Being Human in the Age of COVID-19 Undergraduate Course

Here in the Humanities Center, we believe that complex problems require a multiplicity of disciplinary approaches. And the coronavirus pandemic is certainly a complex problem. More than a public health crisis, it's structural racism, gender and labor equity, isolation practices, media ecology, and radical historicity all in one - and that's just for starters. We also believe that creating research collaborations across disciplinary differences takes work and that teaching together is one way of developing the skills we need to think about complex problems together.  And, what's more, students need ways of seeing that what we're experiencing at the moment raises a whole series of really basic humanities research questions - about justice, about how we experience and voice, and about how we decide. For these reasons, we've developed a new model for team-teaching, and we're running a new course in the Fall titled "Being Human in the Age of COVID-19."

Co-Teaching Fellowship

In collaboration with the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, the Humanities Center is sponsoring a new Co-Teaching Fellowship.  This fellowship allows two Pitt faculty from different departments to collaborate on developing and then co-teaching a new undergraduate course.

Summer Seminar

For one week at the end of the spring term, after Commencement, a celebrated guest scholar leads a five-day intensive Summer Seminar, drawing faculty and graduate students alike.