Public Programs

Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professors

The Center hosts the Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professors in the Humanities, who are sponsored by individual departments or a consortium of departments; Stanford Professors present lectures, seminars, and workshops for faculty, graduate students, and the general public.

Conferences & Symposia

Research Groups are encouraged to propose and develop symposia, which the Center helps fund and organize. These symposia provide occasions for the Center to host noted scholars from other universities around the country and abroad who engage in scholarly conversations with faculty and students at UM.

Lectures

The Center for the Humanities sponsors and cosponsors lectures of interest to faculty and students across disciplines. Often associated with the Center's Interdisciplinary Research groups, these speakers introduce research projects and explore ideas that energize the intellectual climate of the university community.

Edith Bleich Speaker Series

The Edith Bleich Speaker Series honors Edith Bleich, an alumna of UM who taught for 52 years in Miami-Dade schools, and was a lifelong student of history and the humanities. The Series will bring a notable scholar to the Center annually for public lectures on the topic of history broadly taken — including art history and history of science; as well as literature, religion, political thought, and other humanities topics with an emphasis on the historical understanding of these topics.

BookTalks

The BookTalks series introduces our humanities faculty and their research to colleagues at UM and at other universities, as well as the general public.  Faculty hold public talks and answer questions about their recently published books.  Beginning fall 2009, this program has been presented in collaboration with Books and Books, Coral Gables.  Whenever possible, audio recordings are made available on the website for those who cannot attend in person. 

Humanities at Home

With so many of our community members staying at home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we at the Center are reminded of our commitment to create spaces for intellectual engagement and discussion.  Despite the challenges presented by illness, our partners across the globe have inspired us to seek creative solutions and offer online experiences so we can maintain our relationship with the South Florida community and beyond. We are therefore pleased to present the Humanities at Home initiative, comprised of different opportunities to engage with your community online.

Humanities Hour

The Humanities Hour series began in Fall 2020 as a way to familiarize South Florida community members and the general public with the impressive work that our humanities scholars are conducting. These free, one-hour talks are meant for broad audiences and vary in topics.  Registration is normally required.