Each semester the Humanities Lab undertakes an investigation of a specific question or topic. We create a series of events, including lectures, workshops, screenings, and courses that elucidate the topic from different perspectives.

Join us for one event or for the whole series! All events are free and open to the public.

Our Current Investigation:

Revolutions | 2017-2018

Our investigation for this year is anchored by two anniversaries of important historical and cultural events: the 100 years of the Russian Revolution in October 1917, and the 200 years of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in January 1818. Our lectures focus on political transformation, technological bodies, revolution, perception, and art.



Previous Topics

Energy | 2016-2017

This series of lectures focused on philosophical and interdisciplinary perspectives on energy use, the environmental impact of energy, and our changing approaches to energy needs, conservation, and design.



crisis slider 3Crisis Narratives | 2015- 2016

This series explored major contemporary events that we might describe by using the word “crisis,” and interrogated the narratives that emerge from such critical moments.


tiny_geo1Geographies | Spring 2015

Investigating media and cultural geographies: how do questions of space and location inform our understanding of social and political issues? This series of events considered landscape, motion, experience, and technology as interlocking layers, connected parts of a dense emotional and spatial geography.


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