Previous Programs

Early Career Residential Fellows

Each academic year, the Humanities Center hosted one to two recent PhDs of extraordinary promise. These Early Career Residential Fellows took part in the Center's activities, both leading and engaging in lectures and colloquia, while working on completing their own book projects.

Pitt Senior Faculty Fellows

The Center sought to work more closely with outstanding colleagues to support their research and also to develop excellent, innovative programming that extends that research through the Pitt Senior Fellowship

Faculty Collaborative Research Grants

In addition, the Humanities Center funded research projects and stimulating programming that derived from other departments and programs through Collaborative Research Grants, and the Center very often played host to numerous lectures, workshops, seminars, symposia, conferences, and receptions for departments and programs across the university.

Public Humanities Fellows

The Humanities Center funded graduate students for summer work through its Public Humanities Fellows program. The Public Humanities Fellows worked at local cultural institutions in positions designed to take advantage of their skills and discipline-specific knowledge. Read about our 2017 fellows, our 2018 fellows, and our 2019 fellows

Humanities Media Fellow

In partnership with Pitt's student radio station WPTS, the Humanities Center sponsored one Humanities Media Fellow each year. The position allowed an undergraduate student to help produce the Humanities Center's Being Human podcast, as well as produce original humanities-related content of their own.

Being Human in the Age of COVID-19

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 ran a new course in the Fall titled "Being Human in the Age of COVID-19."