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2016-17 Year of Humanities & Public Policy

The work, thought, and scholarship of humanists is vital to the times we live in and to the future of a vibrant public sphere where the values of diversity, inclusiveness, and accessibility can prevail.

The Institute for the Humanities’ 2016-17 Year of the Humanities and Public Policy presents lectures, performances, exhibitions, panels, and more as a means to explore the place of the arts and humanities in the realms of public policy. Launched at the end of last academic year with a five-week collaborative project on incarceration, the 2016-17 program will explore and investigate such topics as citizenship, education, water, migration, housing, public art, human rights, and technology.

We aim to energize academic humanists and humanistic social scientists to engage with public policy theorists and practitioners, and to translate their scholarship and hard-earned knowledge into publicly facing forms of communication.