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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.


Going beyond medieval times to explore early worlds

The Early Worlds Initiative, an interdisciplinary research project, at the University of Rochester aims to delve deeper into this complex and intriguing field.

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Just like a face, buildings have features algorithms can recognize

Peter Christensen, an art historian, explains how he uses ‘facial recognition’ to unlock architectural secrets.

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The mysterious aftermath of an infamous pirate raid

With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Pablo Sierra Silva seeks to recover the experiences of enslaved people during the 17th century.

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Randal Curren considers why sustainability matters

Sustainability is a well-worn term—but a hard one to define. It’s a “messy, murky concept,” says philosopher and chair of the philosophy department, Randall Curren.

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The Future of the Past

Textual scientist Gregory Heyworth recovers the words and images of cultural heritage objects that have been lost, through damage and erasure, to time.

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New book reflects on visits to monastery

In Jennifer Grotz’s newest book of poetry, Window Left Open, she draws inspiration from her visits to the Monastère de Saorge in the French Alps.

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Looking back at the AIDS crisis

Douglas Crimp looks back on his role as one of the pioneers of scholarly research on the perception of the AIDS epidemic.

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Looking back at Japanese American internment

Joanne Bernardi organized a photo exhibition and lecture focusing on the Japanese-American experience during World War II.

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Emerging from the shadows

Kenneth Gross is the editor of a new book detailing the use of shadows in literature over time.

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Families according to Goethe

Susan Gustafson’s new book examines Johann Goethe’s view of families in his literary works.

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Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio

Professor honored for scholarly contributions

Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio was honored for her contributions to Italian studies, comparative literature, and fostering a dialogue among Italianists worldwide.

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A hometown’s history of slave trading

As an inaugural fellow of the Humanities Center, Pablo Sierra is documenting the history of slave trading in his hometown, Puebla de Los Angeles.

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