Current Seminars

If you would like seminar paper password information, call 785-864-4798. To receive email notices for a particular seminar, send an email to HCH Seminars (, listing your name, affiliation, and the name of the seminar for which you would like to receive email notices.

If you are interested in applying for the 2017-2020 cycle of seminars, you can find more information and the application here.

If you are a seminar director in need of forms for administration, they can be found here.

Readings and papers for seminars are available for download here.

Digital Humanities Seminar

The Digital Humanities Seminar, directed by Philip Stinson (Classics) and co-sponsored by the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH), provides a forum for sharing and discussion of new digitally-enabled humanities research efforts, with a specific focus on what digital humanities tools and practices can do for a range of humanistic research. This seminar will meet from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. the third Monday of each month.

Conflict & International Change

The Conflict & International Change Seminar is co-directed by Sheyda Jahanbani (History) and Marike Janzen (Humanities Program). This seminar will give attention to scholarship reflecting innovative and interdisciplinary depictions of how and why individuals, groups, and nations seek to avert or ameliorate international conflicts, and the experience at all levels of analysis of waging warfare. This seminar will meet from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.

Disability Studies

The Disability Studies Seminar is co-directed by Sherrie Tucker (American Studies), John Derby (Visual Art) and Ray Mizumura-Pence (American Studies). This seminar will provide a much-needed forum for scholars to explore and share research on topics relevant to disability within and across the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Scholars within Disability Studies tend to recognize disability in terms of social construction and minority culture. This seminar will meet from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Early Modern Seminar

The Early Modern Seminar is co-directed by Jonathan Lamb (English) and Patricia Manning (Spanish & Portuguese). The Early Modern Seminar meets each semester to discuss original work relating to any aspect of the history, culture, literature, art, or society of any part of the world between c.1500 and c.1800. This seminar will meet from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on the first Monday of each month.

Gender Seminar

The Gender Seminar is co-directed by Brian Donovan (Sociology) and Akiko Takeyama (Anthropology). This seminar studies gender as a basic concept in humanistic scholarship and/or as a fundamental organizing principle in social life. The seminar will promote the study and application of gender as a viable analytical tool that not only provokes new scholarship in its primary base of women, feminist, and sexualities studies, but also explores possible research dimensions in fields such as, race, ethnicity, nationality, class, and (dis)ability. This seminar will meet from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.

Colonialism Seminar

The Colonialism seminar is co-directed by Cecile Accilien (African & African American Studies), Santa Arias (Latin American & Caribbean Studies), and Robert Schwaller (History). This seminar examines the history and legacy of colonialism in Latin America. Meetings provide an opportunity for a dynamic examination of hemispherical and transatlantic connections across four major themes: identity, territory, religion, and cultural production. This seminar will meet from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month.

Nature & Culture Seminar

The Nature & Culture Seminar is co-directed by Byron Santangelo (English and Environmental Studies), Sara Gregg (History and Environmental Studies) and Phillip Drake (English). This seminar brings the perspective of the humanities to bear on past and present environmental issues. It includes research on the changing perception, representation, and valuation of nature in human life, on the reciprocal impact of environmental change on social change, and on the variety of ways we use, consume, manage, and revere the earth. This seminar will meet from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on the second Friday of each month.

Place, Race, and Space Seminar

The Place, Race, and Space seminar is co-directed by Shawn Alexander (African & African American Studies), David Roediger (American Studies), and Ludwin Molina (Psychology). This seminar explores the interplay of social, historical, psychological, and spatial forces in configuring racial formations, identities, and experiences throughout the world. Its thematic concerns are shaped by work in African & African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Critical Race Theory, Geography, History, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, and Urban Studies. This seminar will meet from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month.

The Urban Experience Seminar

The Urban Experience Seminar is co-directed by John Rury (Education), Clarence Lang (African & African American Studies), Marie-Alice L’Hereux (Architecture, Design & Planning), and Bradley Lane (PUAD). This seminar will focus on urban social and cultural space and attendant relationships, both as a result of ideas and imagination, and as a function of historical, social, economic, and political forces. This seminar will meet from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month.

Undergraduate Research Seminar

This seminar's primary goal is to offer a forum for undergraduate researchers to discuss each other's works-in-progress and to introduce to them to the value of exchange and collaboration in the production of knowledge in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. The students will present in collaboration with faculty moderators Anne Dotter (Curricular, Co-Curricular, & Engaged Learning, Honors), F Michael Wuthrich (Center for Global and International Studies) and Nicole Hodges Persley (Theatre).

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