The challenges of this new century call for innovative ways of translating research into action, creating citizens who will be more effective in their personal and professional lives. A mid-size regional state university, EIU is a model for democratic, liberal arts education and takes seriously its responsibility to serve as the intellectual and cultural center of the surrounding region.

With the development of a Center for the Humanities, housed in the College of Arts and Humanities, EIU embraces the opportunity to generate conversations that challenge and define our culture and our conventions. Translating between historical and contemporary worlds, and exploring the benefits of disciplinary cross-fertilization, we also strive to establish communication between the studies of academia and the everyday lives in our community.

Programs and courses sponsored by this center explore the translation from global investigations by university researchers to local understandings of culture. Our center for the humanities will bring together diverse traditions and methods of critical inquiry. We envision a place where faculty and students can access popular notions of the humanities and make our specialized work speak to the public, even as we reach out to our audiences with new information and ideas to foster creativity, engender tolerance, and spark further dialogue.

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 Presenting our first speaker for the 2014-2015 series, Dr. Isabel Hull!

Dr. Hull will present her lecture, "Rethinking the First World War through the Lens of International Law," on Friday, September 19 at 5 p.m.

Commemorating the one-hundred year anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, Hull will provide insight into the significance of the War from the vantage of international law.

Her latest research has just appeared in the book A Scrap of Paper: Breaking and Making International Law in the First World War.

Dr. Hull is the John Stambaugh Professor of History at Cornell University, where she has taught for her entire career. A specialist in modern and early modern German history, Hull has researched and published in different fields: governmentality, sexuality and politics, and military culture.

Hull is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science and was recently awarded the first Research Prize of the Max-Weber-Stiftung/Historisches Kolleg for her life's work in the field of German history.



The Humanities Center's last interdisciplinary lunch for the Spring 2014 semester is scheduled for Thursday, May 1st from 11:30am-1:30pm in the Edgar Room of Booth Library.  We hope everyone can attend in order to hear about the Center's successes this year and to learn more about next years' events!