Conferences & Symposia

2020 Conferences and Symposia

Here, please find information on select local conferences related to the humanities.  Although the Center for the Humanities does not necessarily sponsor or coordinate the conferences listed below, the Center is pleased to promote these events.



Science and Humanisim Workshop

November 6-7, 2020

The workshop, designed primarily for academics in the field of philosophy, will explore connections between science and humanism, through a discussion of a number of overlapping issues concerning the viability of naturalism and the comparative status of scientific and other knowledge, the capacity or potential of scientism for setting limits on humanist self-understanding, the interplay between traditions or views of science and agendas of positive social change, promoting the common good through directions of research and/or institutional structures, managing the value-ladenness of science in ways that advance collective welfare, enhancing the public understanding of science and combatting science denialism, and increasing the uptake of scientific knowledge in government, the law, and public policy. 

With keynote presentations by:
Akeel Bilgrami (Columbia University)
Matthew J. Brown (University of Texas at Dallas)
Janet A. Kourany (University of Notre Dame)
Gurpreet Rattan (University of Toronto)
And contributed papers by: 
Kareem Khalifa (Middlebury College)
Alexandru Manafu (York University)
Parysa Mostajir (University of Chicago)
Ioan Muntean (University of North Carolina Asheville and Western Carolina University)
Jamie Shaw (University of Toronto)
Program Committee 
Elizabeth Cantalamessa, University of Miami
Anjan Chakravartty, University of Miami
Timothy D. Lyons, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
Gurpreet Rattan, University of Toronto


This event is hosted by the Department of Philosophy. Questions may be addressed to Anjan Chakravartty at

"Crossroads" Humanities Student Conference

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Presented by the Center for the Humanities at Nova Southwestern University, The Humanities Student Conference, “Crossroads,” provides a friendly venue to showcase student scholarship in the humanities and related disciplines.  This virtual conference will take place on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

The Crossroads Humanities Student Conference strives to incorporate diverse perspectives and topics from a range of humanities fields including history, philosophy, literature, languages, cultural theory, and the arts. We also invite papers in legal studies, anthropology, sociology, political science, national security, family therapy, communication, conflict resolution studies, and international relations when approached with a humanities lens. 

Undergraduate and graduate students wishing to present at the conference must submit an abstract of 150 words or less to Dr. Aileen Miyuki Farrar, Director of NSU’s Center for the Humanities, by January 15th, 2021:  Details and guidelines, including possible topics, can be found on their website.  Students will be notified in February 2021 of their acceptance status.

Available Funding:

Our Center for the Humanities is pleased to offer funding to a select group of UM undergradaute and gradaute students who are accepted to the Crossroads conference.  If accepted to the conference, students seeking funding from the UM Center for the Humanities must forward their acceptance notification to Dr. Meg Homer within 2 business days of receipt:  Emails should include the following:

  • Your classification
  • Your major/field of study
  • A copy of the abstract submitted to Nova

Students requesting funding will be notified about available funds ASAP (generally at least one week prior to the conference registration deadline).  Accepted students who receive funding will also be asked to meet as a group via Zoom to discuss logistics.