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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. It provides a space for vigorous debate and exchange, so crucial in a democratic society.

The UIC Institute for the Humanities celebrated its forty years of operation in 2022. 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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Nov 30 2022

Anthropocene Lab Meeting - Nov 2022

Wednesday, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Behavioral Sciences Building
Dec 2 2022

Senior Thesis Presentations and Sigma Tau Delta Induction Ceremony

Friday, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Behavioral Sciences Building
Jan 20 2023

Graduate Resident Scholar Dissertation Seminar, Caterina Scalvedi

Friday, 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
Jan 25 2023

Institute for the Humanities Open House

Wednesday, 2:00 pm–4:00 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, 3:30 pm–6:00 pm
Feb 9 2023

Queer & Trans Studies Working Group

Thursday, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Virtual Event
Feb 16 2023

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

Thursday, 3:30 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
Mar 30 2023

Surviving the Long Wars: A Lecture Series, Kelly Hayes

Thursday, 3:30 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 13 2023

Surviving the Long Wars: A Lecture Series, Tiffany King

Thursday, 3:30 pm–6:00 pm
Apr 20 2023

Documentary and Performance

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