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About Us

Cornell's Society for the Humanities was established in 1966 as one of the first humanities research institutes in North America. Located in the historic home of Cornell's first president, Andrew Dickson White, the Society brings distinguished visiting fellows, Cornell faculty, and graduate student fellows together each year to pursue research on a rotating interdisciplinary focal theme. In addition to participating in our legendary Wednesday fellows seminar, fellows offer one experimental, innovative course on their research topic and present their work at the yearly conference.

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The Society's presence at Cornell has fostered path-breaking multidisciplinary dialogue and theoretical reflection on the humanities at large with our internationally recognized fellows. The Society is proud to sponsor numerous internal grants, workshops, and funding opportunities for Cornell faculty and graduate students in the humanities as well as host over 100 annual lectures, workshops, colloquia, and conferences organized by Cornell's distinguished humanities faculty.

Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York State, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' people, past and present, to these lands and waters.