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Community Book Club
Click here to find out about our Community Book Club!
Keys to Action Week
The Center for the Humanities joined with the Phi Beta Kappa Association of East Central Illinois welcoming Dr. Mansa Bilal Mark King on Sep. 15! Click on this image to view Dr. King's power point slide on “The Invisible Matter: How we impoverish liberal arts education by marginalizing Africana Muslims.”
Dr. Ted Underwood
Dr. Ted Underwood presented "How Well Do We Already Understand Literary History?" in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall on October 5, 2016. You can access his talk by clicking on this image.


Reflections on Being Mortal



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Translation and the Humanities

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Eastern Illinois University is one of the few regional public institutions in the country to support a Humanities Center advocating for the role of the humanities in higher education. Under the steady hand of our founding director, Jan Marquardt, we transitioned from an idea to a functioning Center, with a modest curriculum and speaker series. With the appointment of C.C. Wharram as director in 2014, we were granted an office, located in 1343 Doudna Fine Arts Center next to the building’s famous red zone, the architectural "heart" the College of Arts and Humanities.

Reflections on Mortality: Dying in an Age of Health

We are currently planning a “Community Conversations” project that focuses on the ways humanities methods and scholarship can support our thinking about and preparing for death. Confronting our mortality, we maintain, is a vehicle for improving our lives. This public outreach program will offer high-quality humanities programming to our region, bringing together a wide range of scholars and community participants in the intense exploration of questions centered on death, health, and the humanities. To take a look at our exciting series of events and programs, please click here.

We continue to expand our role on campus through the introduction of a Medical Humanities minor and our student internship programs. For more on the history of the Center for the Humanities (CtH), check out this link.

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Humanities Calendar for Students and Faculty

You can click on the events below for more detailed information. If you have an event you'd like to put on our calendar, send us an email!