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The WVU Humanities Center has four key initiatives: Healthcare is Human bridges healthcare and empathy, emphasizing the indispensable human touch in medicine; Appalachian Writers of Color champions the diverse voices and rich stories from the Appalachian community; Humanities at Work seamlessly links the depth of humanities education to real-world career opportunities; and Humanities Accelerated, the research arm of the Center, pushes the boundaries of knowledge, ensuring the humanities remain at the forefront of intellectual exploration

Our Initiatives

The Four Pillars of the Center

Healthcare is Human

Healthcare is Human is a health humanities project created by Ryan McCarthy, MD in partnership with portrait photographer Molly Humphries. This project has now expanded to a multidisciplinary documentation of the ongoing struggles of hospital workers.

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Appalachian Writers of Color

Each year, the Humanities Center highlights the diversity of Appalachia by celebrating the work of a writer of color from the region.

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Humanities at Work

The skills developed in the humanities are highly prized in workplaces. We want to help students leverage these skills to prepare for careers in a variety of industries like business, tech, or medicine.

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Humanities Accelerated

The Humanities Center is proud to partner with WVU's faculty to support humanities-related projects by offering four types of competitive grants.

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