2017-18 Theme: "Food and..."
For more information about the this year's annual theme "Food and...", please visit: 2017-18 Theme
Welcome to the Humanities Center at Texas Tech. The Center's raison d'être is to shift the narrative from any particular discipline or college to the positive
and integral humanities "brand." The Center is an umbrella for humanities thinking.
It is a neutral space outside departments and colleges. Please browse through our
website to learn more about public events, funding opportunities, future plans, and
The humanities are the natural history of culture, and our most private and precious heritage. —Edward O. Wilson
5:30pm, School of Art B01
2018 GEAR UP visit to the Humanities Center
In March 2018, twenty students from Estacado High School who are part of the GEAR UP program visited Tech at the request of their advisor, Nichole Gonzalez, for a one-hour immersion in what the humanities might hold for them as future college students. GEAR UP is an acronym for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. Pictured above are those GEAR UP students along with Humanities Center Director Dorothy Chansky, and Estacado High staff members Edwina Diaz and Larry Issac. Photo by Justin Hughes
Three Humanities Center Board Members receive President's Book Awards
Pictured above, L to R, Dr. Dorothy Chansky, Humanities Center Director; Dr. Kent Wilkinson, Media & Communication; and Dr. Abigail Swingen, History. To learn more about each winner, please visit: Humanities Spotlight.
Humanities Spotlight: Board Member Abigail Swingen receives NEH Grant
For more information about Dr. Swingen's award, please visit Humanities Spotlight.
2018 Humanities Center Fellows
Bottom row, left to right: Ali Duffy (Theatre & Dance), Min-Joo Kim (English), and
Lynn Whitfield (Southwest Collection); Second row, left to right: Sydnor Roy (CMLL),
Dorothy Chansky (Director, Humanities Center), and Ryan Hackenbracht (English); Third
row, left to right: Howard Curzer (Philosophy) and Emily Skidmore (History); Top row,
left to right: Aaron Braver (English), Kristen Michelson (CMLL), and Julie Couch (English).
Not pictured: Matthew Hunter (English), Roger McNamara (English), John Poch (English),
Lucas Wood (CMLL), Elissa Zellinger (English), Wyatt Phillips (English) and Visiting
Fellow Yeonhaun Kang. Photograph by Neal Hinkle.
What are the humanities?
Journalism professor Ted Gup posits that history "is a canvas upon which the paint never dries." Humanities scholarship is work on that canvas—work investigating what it is to be human in all its complexity and typically involving critical arguments predicated on deep research into textual, visual, and material evidence.
Why do the humanities matter?
Humanities work investigates questions that motivate and trouble humans in relation to their very status as humans: citizens of the cosmos, of cultures, and of communities. As Nathaniel P. Hitt noted in a 2015 New York Times essay linking environmentalism and ethics, "Science is like a compass. It can tell us where north is, but it can't tell us if we want to go north." That is, arguably, where the humanities come in—helping us think about where, how, and why a trip north might (or might not) be worth undertaking or investigating how and why humans in earlier times or other places did what they did about trips north.
How is humanities research conducted?
Humanities scholars typically use texts, artifacts, and images to investigate phenomena that engage them. The discovery of previously unearthed data makes up the first step in some humanities work; critical interpretation of evidence is the hallmark of good humanities scholarship. The expert reads and looks in light of the best and most recent important work. Humanities research takes place in archives, at specific sites, in the presence of original works of art, and in the solitary realm of the library.