Welcome

The Nova Southeastern University Center for the Humanities celebrates the ancient past, dynamic present, and exciting future of the disciplines collectively known as the humanities, bringing together a collection of human and material resources dedicated to their celebration.

The term “humanities” includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods.

The NSU Center for the Humanities devotes itself to the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history, and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life and international concerns.

-The National Endowment for the Humanities

In addition to championing core academic disciplines in the humanities such as history, philosophy, composition and rhetoric, criticism and theory of the performing and visual arts, literature and language studies, the NSU Center for the Humanities is dedicated to highlighting the significant role the humanities play in related fields in the social sciences. 

The Center for the Humanities also aims to demonstrate the relevance of the humanities as a complement to the core STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) with a view toward encouraging students and scholars in those disciplines to explore these connections.

The Center is dedicated to engaging the wider South Florida community by partnering with community organizations and participating in local cultural initiatives that highlight and advance the humanities.  The Center for the Humanities also serves as a teaching and learning resource for both students and scholars at NSU and elsewhere by hosting workshops, conferences, and other professional development and pedagogical/training opportunities.

The idea for the Center was originally conceived by Dr. Ben Mulvey, retired Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences (HCAS).

The Center for the Humanities Working Group within the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences (HCAS) developed this website and coordinates the activities of the Center.

  • Aileen Miyuki Farrar, Ph.D., Director of the Humanities Center, Department of Humanities and Politics
  • David P. Kilroy, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Humanities and Politics
  • James E. Doan, Ph.D., Department of Humanities and Politics
  • Darren Hibbs, Ph.D., Department of Humanities and Politics

Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Marlisa Santos, Director of the Center for the Humanities, with any questions or comments regarding the NSU Center for the Humanities: santosm@nova.edu.