The Humanities Studio is an interdisciplinary center devoted to collaborative faculty and student research in the humanities. Through a variety of activities and workshops, we seek to spark conversations across the traditional humanities disciplines, as defined in the 1965 National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act: “languages, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of … life.” But we’re equally interested in building connections and sharing resources between the humanities and the sciences, including mathematics.
The Humanities Studio offers three main programming areas:
- Seminar. Each year, the Studio convenes a yearlong seminar for the Humanities Studio Fellows—six Pomona faculty members, six Pomona students engaged in senior research in the humanities, and up to two Mellon Chau postdoctoral fellows. The seminar is organized around an annual theme of broad interest across the humanities, and meets weekly to discuss readings, talk with visiting scholars, and share work in progress.
- Speakers Series. In conjunction with the annual theme, speakers from various humanities fields are brought to campus to meet with Studio Fellows, present public lectures, and meet in smaller settings with students and/or faculty.
- Workshops. Practical, small-group workshops are held each year to provide professional development opportunities for faculty and for students. Typical topics include publishing with a university press; writing for a general audience; crafting and placing an op-ed piece; applying to graduate school; and careers in the humanities.