University of Rochester President Joel Seligman has committed $150,000 annually from the President's Venture Fund to support the Humanities Project, an interdepartmental endeavor designed to champion work by Rochester faculty in all fields of humanistic inquiry. The Humanities Project Committee is responsible for soliciting Humanities Project proposals and for allocating funds. Promising initiatives designed by faculty from two or more College departments are chosen to showcase some of the best and most up-to-date research dedicated to the critical examination of the documents and objects that reflect the meaningful past and present of humankind.

Housed in eight departments and incorporating dozens of disciplines, most of the humanities at the University Rochester are based in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering on River Campus. The University also maintains and values humanistic inquiry through a dedicated department at the Eastman School of Music and the Center for Ethics, Humanities and Palliative Care at Rochester's School of Medicine and Dentistry. Humanities faculty at Rochester teach, research, publish, and produce in the arts, history, media, music, theater, dance, religion, anthropology, philosophy, languages and literature.

This year the Humanities chairs recommended the advancement of seven projects that engage and extend to faculty, graduates, and undergraduates in the various Schools of the University of Rochester and at neighboring institutions as well as the larger community. The selected Projects, many of which will bring a wide range of distinguished scholars and public intellectuals to the area, involve the production of the art, music, and thought that investigate and contribute to the ethical and aesthetic experience of the world.

Please see the Projects and Events page to learn more.