Crowd at Jesmyn Ward speaking event at Liberty Hall theater in downtown Lawrence, Kansas.

Welcome to the Hall Center for the Humanities!

We believe that the Humanities play a critical role in building a humane future for our world. The Hall Center’s mission is to support research in the Humanities, to create knowledge, and to share that knowledge with diverse communities.

Hall Center Resources

Hall Center Director Godbeer standing at podium in front of an audience at the Commons, giving an introduction.

Why the Humanities?

Scholarship in the humanities is one of KU’s areas of research excellence. Faculty specializing in the humanities at KU produce a steady stream of books and journal articles with major presses; each year they give dozens of conference presentations across the globe.
Professor Jonathan Lamb working on a laptop at his desk in one of the residential fellows offices at the Hall Center.

Funding Opportunities

The Hall Center provides a wide array of funding opportunities for faculty, students, and public scholars in the Humanities, Arts, and humanistic Social Sciences.
Professor and author Brittney Cooper speaking at podium during lecture at Liberty Hall in downtown Lawrence, Kansas.


The Hall Center hosts exciting public talks by dynamic speakers that inform and inspire people across the United States and around the globe. Here at the Hall Center, we are determined to sustain a lively, thoughtful community of ideas.
Slightly out-of-focus stone engraved sign in front of the Hall Center building, with tulips blossoming in foreground.

Research & Grant Development Office

The Hall Center RGDO stimulates external grant and fellowship activities and enhances the quality of applications by KU humanities scholars.

Upcoming Hall Center Events

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