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The Humanities Institute: Summer/Fall Colloquia, 2014

Posted in From the Library, Humanities Institute on October 15 2014, by Vanessa Sellers

ColloquiumBy exploring innovative approaches to studies in the environmental humanities, the Humanities Institute aims to bridge the gap between the arts and sciences. To further the connection between the disciplines, the Institute offers short- and long-term fellowship programs for students and scholars from a wide range of backgrounds and holds a number of events, including symposia, seminars, and colloquia.

Various seminars and colloquia, or dynamic “round table brainstorming sessions,” were held in July and September in which graduate students from New York universities and institutes of art and science—including the Bard Graduate Center, the Cooper Hewitt-Smithsonian Design Museum, and Fordham University—participated. The events featured a historic book and manuscript viewing in the Mertz Library’s Rare Book Room, followed by lively debate. During the discussions, students tried to define what form a humanities research center should take on to be most relevant in today’s rapidly changing world.


Key questions included:

  • How can a humanities institute best foster the public’s understanding of the importance of nature, plants, landscape, and urban development as they are affected by sudden social and cultural shifts and modern metropolitan infrastructures?
  • How can current students personally contribute to and benefit from our humanities research center?

Please join us in this invigorating discourse! For more information contact Vanessa Sellers, Humanities Research Program Coordinator:

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