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Thinking Out Loud

Developing insight into human thought, culture, and history—insight that connects deep knowledge to the way we live.

As change continues to impact the health and wellbeing of our communities, we find ourselves at a moment of reflection in the Humanities Center. As we grapple with the ongoing health crisis presented by COVID-19, coupled with the historic protests around the death of George Floyd and many other Black Americans, we align our efforts with others across the University to support our Black students, staff and faculty. We celebrate the contributions of Black scholars and artists whose works add to the vibrant cultural life the Humanities Center seeks to uphold and celebrate.

Through our efforts, we continue to engage in the productive dialogue that ensures diversity, equity and inclusion across our campus and community, and we welcome input from that community on how we can best serve these goals.

—Humanities Center interim director, Rhonda Reymond, and incoming director, Renee Nicholson


The WVU Humanities Center announces an immediate grants competition, funded by a WVU endowment from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. The purpose of this competition is to fund humanities-related projects that respond to the emerging COVID-19 global pandemic.

Due: May 18, 2020

Collaborative and interdisciplinary projects are especially encouraged

More Info and Application


Annual Theme

The Humanities Center's 2019-2020 Speakers Series, theme, "The Future," demonstrates the significant role and impact that humanities perspectives bring to discussions and applicable outcomes concerning the future.

Campus Read

WVU's Campus Read is spearheaded by the Humanities Center, aimed at engaging the campuses and community in a common reading experience to foster dialogue, critical thinking and community participation.
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WVU Reads

Take a trip with Geoff Hilsabeck through "Educated: A Memoir," by Tara Westover, West Virginia University's 2019-2020 Campus Read book. Join Geoff as he talks about the themes of "Educated," and discusses key points with colleagues and experts.  


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