Welcome to the Georgetown Humanities Initiative


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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Recent Georgetown Humanities News

Medical Humanities Initiative and Georgetown Humanities Initiative Receive Two Major Grants for Interdisciplinary Research

July 13th, 2021

The Medical Humanities Initiative and the Humanities Initiative received two major grants for interdisciplinary research–a “Humanities Connections Implementation Grant” from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of the newly-launched collaborative Medical Humanities Minor at Georgetown and a “FRAHME Grant” from the Association of American Medical Colleges for a quantitative and qualitative assessment of our integrated cross-campus Medical Humanities program.

What does it mean to be American?

What Does It Mean to Be American?

April 28th, 2021

On April 28, 2021, the Georgetown Art Galleries and the Georgetown Humanities Initiative co-hosted the interactive conversation “What Does It Mean to Be American?,” conceptualized and moderated by Philippa P.B. Hughes, Social Sculptor and Chief Creative Strategist at CuriosityConnects.us and the founder of Looking for America.

New Voices on the Environment Series a Success

April 28th, 2021

The Georgetown Humanities Initiative, in partnership with the Georgetown Environment Initiative and the Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics, launched “Voices on the Environment,” the first run of what will become a yearly series of interdisciplinary events celebrating the earth at Georgetown, at the intersection of science, arts, and the humanities.

Humanities News from Around the University

Medical Humanities Minor Launched by University

March 22nd, 2021

The Georgetown Medical Humanities Program, a cross-campus collaboration among Georgetown College, the Georgetown Humanities Initiative and the Georgetown University Medical Center, is launching a collaborative undergraduate minor in Medical Humanities, Culture and Society starting in Fall 2021.

New College Faculty for 2020-2021

September 2nd, 2020

Georgetown College is pleased to welcome 24 new full-time faculty members with primary appointments in 16 College departments and programs. This cohort will help enrich the student experience through their varied and nuanced areas of study.