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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

November 2020 Humanities Featured Scholar

Wolff Featured Scholar

The Humanities Center is please to introduce our November 2020 Humanities Featured Scholar, Dr. Lesley Wolff. To learn more about Dr. Wolff, please visit: November 2020 Featured Scholar.

2020 Alumni College


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

For information about applications for Alumni College 2021 fellowships,
please visit: Alumni College 2021

2021 Annual Conference

Conference Statement 2021

Call For Proposals: Annual Theme

Please click the image below for more information regarding the Call for Proposals for the Humanities Center's 2021-2022 Annual Theme.

Call For Proposals Annual Theme

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.




Donations to the Humanities Center assist all of our free programming and contribute to the research support we offer to faculty and graduate students.


Upcoming Events

Forests Round 

We are excited to announce the dates for our FORESTS Events for the spring semester. Save the Dates below as we continue the discussions on forests and humanities.

Spring 2021 Save the Dates

Registration links are posted on our UPCOMING EVENTS page.


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