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Furman Humanities Center

The Furman Humanities Center (FHC) connects faculty, students, staff and community partners to foster innovative teaching, learning, research and community engagement.

The center provides a framework for students, faculty, staff, and others to pursue a variety of projects across the humanities. In addition to supporting the work of individuals, the Furman Humanities Center (FHC) fosters interdisciplinary collaboration across campus and beyond.

A Message from the Inaugural FHC Faculty Advisory Board, 2020

The Furman Humanities Center (FHC) was established at Furman in 2020 to unify resources and programs with these fundamental goals in mind: raise the profile of the humanities at Furman; support the work of students, staff, and faculty. We are committed to fighting racism and injustice. Therefore, our mission is to expand the understanding of the humanities by fostering inclusive communities and amplifying the voices of those who have been and continue to be marginalized. The FHC will prioritize programming that considers how the humanities at Furman have historically contributed to structural oppression. This includes, but is not limited to, studying the university’s ties to slavery, recognizing that the university exists on traditional lands of the Cherokee People, and exploring structures of injustice and inequity common to academia at Furman and beyond.

FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS

The Furman Humanities Center offers a variety of programs to support innovative faculty scholarship. Our resources page has information about applying for research funding, grants, and fellowships.

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STUDENT RESOURCES

The Furman Humanities Center supports student innovation in support of The Furman Advantage through Student Research Fellowships.

Furman FHC Faculty and Student Research Fellowships fund faculty, student, and collaborative faculty-student research projects and creative activities in the humanities and the arts, including but not limited to the following: (co-)authoring essays, conducting archival research, (co-)translating primary texts for publication, hosting public colloquia or seminars, and (collaborating on) public and mediated humanities and arts projects. Learn more here.

Who are we? How ought we to live? Explore these questions and more by pursuing a Humanities Minor, an outstanding complement to any major. Submit the form if interested.

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How to get involved

Get published! The Furman Humanities Review annually publishes undergraduate research papers in the humanities.

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WHY HUMANITIES?

The humanities form the foundation for the liberal arts and investigate fundamental questions of the human condition: who are we and how ought we to live? These disciplines cultivate our capacities for keen observation, aesthetic appreciation, and clarity in speech and thought. They help us to understand the minds and cultures of others and to engage respectfully in conversations about contested questions. The humanities help us to remember the human past, develop our judgment, and sharpen our moral and aesthetic sensitivity. Engaging the emotions as well as the intellect, the humanities enlarge our imaginations, foster self-understanding, and open the way to tolerance and courage, humility and wisdom. Because the grand challenges that confront us presuppose basic questions of who we are and how we ought to live, the humanities are relevant for every significant project in which we engage.

A highly-ranked liberal arts institution, Furman is home to eight thriving humanities departments: Asian studies, classics, communication studies, English, history, modern languages and literatures, philosophy, and religion. Key faculty in other departments take humanistic approaches to their work. In addition, several of Furman’s interdisciplinary minors draw heavily upon humanities expertise.

Study of the humanities fulfills the promises of The Furman Advantage, preparing students for flourishing lives, successful careers, and responsible citizenship. In an unpredictable, rapidly changing political, cultural, and economic landscape, the practical and intellectual virtues the humanities cultivate are crucial preparation for life. Patient reflection, aesthetic and moral discernment, and judgment rooted in hard-won knowledge and conveyed with eloquence to others have never been more necessary for our individual and common endeavors.

HISTORY OF THE FHC

The dream for a Furman Humanities Center (FHC) first came to be a number of years ago. With innovative research and curriculum across the humanities disciplines, faculty members wanted a way to coordinate, collaborate and celebrate. There was a growing need for innovative programs to foster student learning and research in the humanities. And with community engagement opportunities, the time was right for a center to foster public-facing work in the humanities. During the 2017–18 academic year, two faculty members independently approached the dean of faculty with proposals for a Furman Humanities Center. The time was right to launch the Center. In Fall 2018, an ad hoc committee of faculty and staff members was formed to research and write a proposal for the Furman Humanities Center. After extensive input from the campus community, this group finalized and submitted their proposal to the dean of faculty and provost in December 2018. After follow-up conversations with humanities department chairs and others in Spring 2019, the Furman Humanities Center was ready to become a reality.

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