The Georgetown Humanities Initiative aims to support the research and teaching of the university’s humanistic scholars. The Initiative embraces innovative scholarship that takes various forms, including traditional humanistic methods, digital approaches, and arts and performance. Through the projects it funds and the programming it develops, the Initiative strives to support work that has a deep impact in the academy while also engaging the public by demonstrating the continuing value of the humanities for understanding the challenges and opportunities of the human condition. The Initiative also has deep interest in innovative approaches to humanistic teaching and learning and will invite the participation and collaboration of graduate and undergraduate students.

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James Baldwin Play Marks New Trend in Classical Theater, Panelists Say

February 28th, 2020

“It’s a huge-scale drama that requires a lot of economic resources,” said panelist Soyica Colbert, Idol Family Professor and professor of African American studies and performing arts at Georgetown College. “The play itself is really anticipating a moment like this where there are theaters that have the resources and the vision to produce it.”

Facing Heartache on Valentine’s Day? Read a Poem

February 14th, 2020

Elizabeth Velez (G’83) and her friend, alumna Mary Esselman (C’84, G’87), wrote The Hell With Love: Poems to Mend a Broken Heart (Warner Books, 2002) after Esselman suffered a breakup with a man she thought was the love of her life.

American Studies Celebrates 50th Anniversary

October 25th, 2019

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The American Studies Program (AMST) is deeply invested in educating a cohort of students so that they will go into the world thinking critically about power, identity, and American culture. Participants in this program have fueled its growth since its founding 50 years ago