Arts & Humanities

What does it mean to be human? We explore that question by creating and examining culture in its myriad forms and across disciplines: literature, media, philosophy, religion, visual and performing arts, and much more.

Randall Curren

Seeking Eudaimonia

A scholar of Aristotelian ethics, Randall Curren’s research has him working with psychologists, educators, natural scientists, and others.

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Rare Books

Nurturing Inquiry: Exploring Special Collections Research

The exhibition—on view through February—highlights the journey of research. It features manuscripts, letters, documents, books, drawings, and photographs.

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50 Years of Beatlemania

50 Years of Beatlemania

In 1963, the Beatles released “I Want to Hold Your Hand” in America. John Covach explains how they revolutionized pop music.

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Rettner Hall

Mellon Foundation Commits $1 Million

The Mellon Foundation will support an innovative graduate program, Digital Media Studies, that unites the study of humanities with the latest technology.

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Girl holding cell phone.

Artists Create Mobile App to Explore Urban Spaces

Two professors at the University of Rochester are looking to slow people down using mobile technology.

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Russel Peck

The Professor’s Tale

The Middle English Text Series, headed by Russell Peck of the English Department, has revolutionized both in text and online the teaching of Medieval English literature and history.

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Students in Arezzo

Research Abroad

Unique program lets students explore history, archaeology, architecture, culture, and language in Italy.

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Researching William Henry Seward

Libraries Unbound

History students bring the papers of William Henry Seward—Lincoln's secretary of state—into the digital age, making them accessible to scholars, students, and curious readers anywhere in the world.

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John Covach and guitar

UR Creates Institute for Popular Music

UR establishes an Institute for Popular Music that treats the study of popular genres as seriously as classical music.

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