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The Humanities Center Announces Forests as Its Annual Theme for 2020-2021

Something is afoot with the forest. Serious claims are circulating with regard to the cognitive capacities of plants. Recent research in forest ecology describes how trees establish symbioses with other life forms enabling them to communicate with their fellows and their offspring, warning of dangers, supporting their growth. Richard Powers's acclaimed novel The Overstory (2018) brings these observations to a head, depicting a series of human characters who act on the conviction that trees are reaching out to them, pleading, "The most wondrous products of four billion years of life need help."

Are these various expressions just metaphors, flights of fancy moving between literary and scientific representations? Or, is the ground starting to move underneath our customary certainties about human exceptionalism? What is indisputable at the current moment is that what it means to be human can no longer be set apart from what it means to be part of a planetary collective of other living beings.

The Humanities Center at Texas Tech's annual theme for 2020-2021 is Forests. Thinking with forests, the Humanities Center's program this coming year will address this narrowing of the traditional division between the human and the rest of life. We will bring diverse sides of the university and community together for collaboration, discussion, and debate, as we observe and interpret these gathering trends toward species communion.

For a complete list of FORESTS themed events, please visit: UPCOMING EVENTS

Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities: Anti-Racism

Post-Doc Fellow

For more infomation and to apply, please visit: Post-Doctoral Fellowship


April 2021 Humanities Featured Scholar

Jordan Featured Scholar

The Humanities Center is pleased to introduce our April 2021 Humanities Featured Scholar, Dr. Michael P. Jordan. To learn more about Dr. Jordan please visit: April 2021 Featured Scholar.

Graduate Student Achievements

Aksoy Sepulveda Recognition

The Humanities Center at Texas Tech congratulates graduate students Yerko Sepulveda and Ahmet Aksoy on their recent achievements.
Please visit Humanities Spotlight to learn more about their accomplishments.

Conversations With Food

Conversations with Food

The Humanities Center is please to announce the publication of an anthology generated from our 2018 "Food and..." Conference, Conversations With Food (Vernon Press 2020). To learn more about this publication, please visit HUMANITIES SPOTLIGHT.

2020 Alumni College


For information about Alumni College 2020, please visit: ALUMNI COLLEGE.

2021 Annual Conference

Conference Statement 2021

2020 Post-Doctoral Fellow

2020 Post Doc Fellow

Meet our inaugural Post-Doctoral Fellow Katie Magaña . Please visit POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW to learn more about Katie.




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Upcoming Events

 Please return in the late summer for a full calendar of events for our new theme and the upcoming academic year.


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