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Letter from the Director

Caroline Winterer
Director, Stanford Humanities Center
Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities
 

Welcome to the Stanford Humanities Center! The world’s largest hub for advanced research in the humanities, the Humanities Center connects some of the most influential and innovative scholars who are working on important questions that affect our common humanity. 

SHC’s fellows come from all sorts of fields and backgrounds and represent every cohort of academia. They range from the first-year undergraduate who works as a research assistant with one of our annual fellows, to seniors writing a thesis, to graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty from all over the world completing a major research project. Of the many gifts a year at SHC offers is the opportunity for connection. Over daily lunches, weekly talks, intensive discussions in the Geballe Research Workshops, or simply serendipitous meetings over coffee in the courtyard, the fellows enrich their understanding of their own projects while also bringing their perspectives to the work of others. 

Our 41 2018-19 year-long fellows are tackling a great variety of research questions, ranging from the idea of abstract art in the Middle Ages to space travel in the Cold War, and from the problem of storage in ancient Rome to surveillance technologies in the Middle East. And everything in between.

Once again, we have six international visitors joining us this year, from India, Mexico, Norway, Germany, and England. Each of them will join the Center for approximately a month, working on projects such as the cultural politics of environmentalism in Mexico and China; medieval liturgical books; and cinema in India. They offer workshops to the Stanford community throughout the year, bringing ideas from around the world to our doorstep. Please join us if you can!

For the seventh year in a row, the Humanities Center hosted 150 high school students from around the world at the Summer Humanities Institute in 2018. These 3-week college-level courses, on topics ranging from the philosophical notion of evil to concepts of racial identity, are taught by tenured Stanford faculty, and expose young people to the riches of humanistic learning at the college level. Over 50 students from this program have enrolled or graduated from Stanford. 

The Humanities Center enjoys formal collaborations with other centers on campus that enrich the experience of our fellows during their time here. We continue our connection with the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), the digital humanities laboratory at Stanford, and our fellows receive expert guidance on how to create new tools to interpret the cultural record of past and present.

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Best wishes to all for a successful year!

Caroline Winterer
Director, Stanford Humanities Center
Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities