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The Institute for the Humanities at the University of Illinois Chicago seeks to foster an intellectually vital, interdisciplinary community of scholars working at one of the nation’s most exciting urban research centers.  As the hub of humanities scholarship on campus, the Institute provides a forum for intellectual exchange among faculty and students at UIC and other colleges and universities in the region.  At its base, the Institute for the Humanities highlights the importance of public higher education and provides a space for the vigorous debate and exchange so crucial in a democratic society.

The UIC Institute for the Humanities will celebrate its thirty-eighth year of operation in 2020-2021. Founded in 1983, the Institute is one of the oldest humanities centers in the United States. Over the years the Institute has become the major hub for all humanities activities on campus creating an intellectual space in which faculty and graduate students can broaden their perspectives, conduct original research, and engage with scholars and communities both in and outside the university.



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Oct 6 2022

America Deserta? A conversation

Thursday 6th, 9:00 am–Friday 7th, 1:00 pm
Room 1100, UIC School of Architecture
Oct 11 2022

Fellows Lecture: Keith Budner, “Palimpsest Nation: Roman Hispania and the Converso Renaissance”

Tuesday, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Behavioral Sciences Building
Oct 13 2022

Teach-in about the popular uprising led by women in Iran

Thursday, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Behavioral Sciences Building
Oct 13 2022

Surviving the Long Wars: Lecture Series, Kyle T. May

Thursday, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Oct 18 2022

Ukrainian Art in the Shadow of the War

Tuesday, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Behavioral Sciences Building
Oct 19 2022

Business and Bondage: Indigenous and Colonial Slavery and the Making of the Ohio Valley

Wednesday, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Oct 25 2022

Digital Humanities Workshop

Tuesday, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
IDEA Commons Classroom, First Floor, UIC Main Library
Oct 26 2022

Growing Up Chicago

Wednesday, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Nov 9 2022

Lisa Hajjar (UCSB) Book Discussion: The War in Court: Inside the Long Fight Against Torture

Wednesday, 4:30 pm–6:00 pm
Nov 10 2022

Surviving the Long Wars: A Lecture Series, Laleh Khalili

Thursday, 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Nov 11 2022

Program for Writers Graduate Student Reading

Friday, 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Nov 15 2022

University of Illinois Press Symposium

Tuesday, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Jan 25 2023

Fellows Lecture: Rachel Goodman, “Foundations for a Theory of Singular Thought”

Wednesday, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Jan 26 2023

Surviving the Long Wars: A Lecture Series, Harsha Walia

Thursday, 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Feb 16 2023

Surviving the Long Wars: A Lecture Series, Nick C. Estes

Thursday, 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Feb 16 2023

Fellows Lecture: Gayatri Reddy, Gender and Women’s Studies & Anthropology

Thursday, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Mar 2 2023

Fellows Lecture: Jonathan Connolly, History “Indenture as Free Labor: Migration and Freedom in the Era of Emancipation”

Thursday, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Apr 12 2023

Fellows Lecture: Rahim Kurwa, Criminology, Law, and Justice “Apartheid’s Afterlives: Policing Black Life in the Antelope Valley”

Wednesday, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Apr 20 2023

Documentary and Performance

Thursday 20th, 9:00 am–Friday 21st, 6:00 pm