Welcome to the Center for the Humanities

The Center for the Humanities encourages excellence in Humanities research, teaching, and campus and public programming at Drake University. Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center serves the entire campus by initiating Humanities-centered projects and activities and by funding proposals made by faculty and students. The Center strives not only provide monetary support, but also to contribute to an environment of vibrant, ongoing, and collaborative inquiry.

Humanities@Drake News


Now Accepting Funding Proposals

The Board of Directors is currently accepting proposals for funding for the grant programs listed in the menu on the left side of the screen. Funding proposals should be submitted six weeks in advance of the event or activity for which funding is saught and should highlight the contribution the proposed activity will make to humanities scholarship and to humanities teaching, learning, and collaboration on Drake's campus and beyond. Click the "Grants" link for detailed information.

Humanities Reads! 2013-2014

This year's common book for the Humanities Reads! series is Rebecca Skloot's work of recent historical journalism, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. In it, Skloot traces the lineage not only of Lacks herself--a working-class African American woman who died, at the age of 31, in Baltimore, of cervical cancer--but also of the tissue samples and cell cultures that were collected from her body during treatment and have been used ever since for medical experimentation. Skloot's book raises questions of racial and gendered subjugation as well as scientific, economic, medical, and journalistic ethics. Click the "Humanities Reads!" link on the main menu (on the left side of your screen) to learn more about how Drake faculty, staff, and students can take part in the reading program.

Humanities Center Faculty

All Drake Faculty engaged in Humanities research or teaching are eligible to join the Humanities Center, regardless of their department affiliation or academic background. Humanities Center Faculty members receive updates and information about the Humanities at Drake, are eligible to participate in Humanities Center Programming, and have access to resources supporting research, teaching development, and programming. Send a request to humanities.center@drake.edu to join.

Join the Humanities Center

Put your email address on our mailing list by sending a request to humanities.center@drake.edu. You'll receive information about Humanities-related programs and events, and we'll periodically ask for your input as we grow and develop.

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