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The Center for the Humanities

The Center for the Humanities encourages collaborative and creative work in the humanities at CUNY and across the city through seminars, publications, and public events. Free and open to the public, our programs aim to inspire sustained, engaged conversation and to forge an open and diverse intellectual community. Click here to learn more about our work.



The Center for the Humanities is honored to have been awarded funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to launch a multifaceted Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research. This seminar is designed to consider the diverse ways the humanities can function in public life or as a public good. Bringing together faculty, students and—uniquely—civic partners, the seminar will develop public programs throughout the city and collaborate on a blueprint for future public humanities initiatives at CUNY. Learn more on our site.



The Center for the Humanities publishes Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, a chapbook series featuring unexpected, genre-bending works by important 20th century writers. Unearthed from personal and institutional archives in the United States and abroad, these unique projects are edited by doctoral students at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Aimed at a general readership, these chapbooks expose and provoke new archival research and connections. Learn more about Lost & Found here.



The Amie and Tony James Gallery’s mission is to bring artists and scholars into public dialogue on topics of mutual concern through exhibitions as a form of advanced research. As a window into the research work of the Graduate Center and a hub of international discussion, The James Gallery is central to the Graduate Center’s and the City University of New York’s contribution to the cultural life of New York City. Visit The James Gallery’s website for more information.