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The Humanities Center Announces Health as Its Annual Theme for 2022-2023

The Humanities Center aims to foster conversations around what it means to 'be healthy' and to care for health in a global sense. Throughout the year, speakers, roundtable discussions, podcasts, film screenings, and public exhibitions, and other events will invite people to grapple with issues of critical contemporary relevance, including the power dynamics at play in modern medical practice, the social and environmental determinants of health, and how individuals and communities seek to define and manage their own health in response to the circumstances they confront in their daily lives. The Humanities Center also hopes to bring people together around questions of how humanities disciplines might intersect with social and hard sciences to develop more humane and efficacious public health policy and practice.   

By fostering conversations around these topics, the Humanities Center hopes to encourage critical reflection on what it means to do a good and honest job caring for health at home in the Texas Tech community, and across the globe. Together, faculty and students will extend the humanities across campus and to the wider community and challenge the public to see health not simply as a technical problem in need of biomedical solutions, but also as a social process made and given meaning by people. Ultimately, the Humanities Center hopes this effort will empower people to reclaim (or perhaps claim for the first time) some agency over their own health and the health of their communities. As we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, this task seems especially urgent.   

March 2023 Humanities Featured Scholar

Dr. Ben Poole

The Humanities Center is pleased to introduce our March 2023 Humanities Featured Scholar, Dr. Ben Poole. To learn more about Dr. Poole, please visit: March 2023 Featured Scholar


Post-Doctoral Fellow

For Details on the Humanities Without Walls Career Diversty Workshop, see:

HWW Summer Workshop






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Upcoming Events

March 30th

HEALTH Series Speaker: Dr. Shanta Smith 

"Centering Self-Care as a Liberatory Identity-Based Practice: Retooling to Reckon with the Past, Recognize the Present and Reimagine the Future"
Studies have shown that racism and sexism have profound implications that negatively impact the health and wellbeing of individuals who are marginalized and oppressed based upon their social identities. Join Dr. Shanta M. Smith as she discusses her influential work that illuminates how intersectional identity-based discrimination impacts health and wellness and the role of culturally responsive radical self-care as a resistive retooling framework.

Canyon Room - Student Union Building / 7:oo PM


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


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