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What Is Human?

What Is Human?

What Is Human? is a UW-Madison interdisciplinary initiative made possible through support from the Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Fund of the University of Wisconsin Foundation. WIH is housed at the Center for the Humanities in the College of Letters and Science. We partner with the Morgridge Institute for Research, the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, the Institute for Research in the Humanities, and the Visual Culture Center.

The initiative fosters revitalization of intellectual and institutional relationships between the sciences and the humanities. Aiming to break down what C.P. Snow called a “Two Cultures” division between the humanities and the sciences, WIH creates a new interdisciplinary learning community and public intellectual dynamic. WIH fosters collaborative research partnerships across the disciplines. We also explore collaborative scientific and humanistic strategies and resources for funding and project development.

To achieve our mission, we engaged in the following activities: a Friday WIH lunch presentation series; symposia featuring keynote lectures, presentations of new collaborative research projects, and roundtable discussions; a major “What Is Human?” conference; a collective publication project; and curricular innovations.