Sawyer Seminar on Biopolitics

From 2011-13, the Center's Sawyer Seminar–"Biopolitics: Life in Past and Present"–examined the limitations and promise of biopolitics as an interpretive framework, integrating the contributions of philosophers, anthropologists, literary critics, historians, sociologists, and biological scientists.


Through exciting public talks, scholarly symposia and workshops, off-campus events with partner institutions, and thoughtful programs related to undergraduate coursework, the In 2012-13 project Emancipations, hosted by the Center for the Humanities, launched important conversations about how slavery, its destruction, and its aftermath have shaped the modern world.

Computational Humanities Lab

Through lecture series, summer institutes, workshops, and hackathons, the Center for the Humanities joins other digital initiatives on campus in exploring the computational humanities. This lab investigates how advanced computational techniques and approaches can augment the close analysis provided by more traditional humanities scholarship.

What Is Human?

The What Is Human? 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.