Whitney Humanities Center
Yale University

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Cajetan Iheka Professor of English

Associate Director

Diane Berrett Brown

Associate Director

Norma Thompson

Program Coordinator

Sarah Carrigan


The Whitney Humanities Center was inaugurated in 1981 as an interdisciplinary institution built upon Yale's long standing commitment to the humanities, designed to enable and enhance research, thinking, and scholarly exchange in all fields of the humanities and throughout the University. The Center seeks to support and strengthen the activities of faculty and graduate students in the humanities and neighboring fields by creating a sense of intellectual community that transcends departmental boundaries and by fostering collegial dialogue, informed debate, and the pursuit of new fields of inquiry. The Center's programs include symposia, lectures, faculty seminars and working groups. Some of these bring distinguished visitors to the University; others are primarily designed for free and informal exchange of ideas among faculty and advanced graduate students on topics of more than disciplinary interest.

The Whitney Humanities Center has a Mellon-funded fellowship, "Thinking the Humanities in the 21st Century" directed toward faculty at four-year liberal arts colleges who have received tenure within the last five years. It will welcome three outstanding scholars in each of the academic years 2015–2018 to the Whitney Humanities Center, where they will pursue research programs in any area of the humanities and related fields and enter into intellectual exchanges with faculty, fellows, and other visitors to the Center. For more details and to apply, see: http://whc.yale.edu/program/mellon-program-mid-career-research-fellows