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Heyman Center for the Humanities


The Heyman Center for the Humanities is the focal point of the humanities at Columbia University, offering interdisciplinary lectures, readings, workshops, conferences, symposia, seminars, performances, and public discussions.

The Heyman Center for the Humanities provides the intellectual and physical space for interdisciplinary discussions among members of the Columbia community and the New York City public. It brings together faculty and students from across the university—from the humanities, social and natural sciences, law, medicine, journalism, and the arts—to share thinking, debate ideas, and collectively consider methodological, conceptual, and ethical issues of common interest and concern.  It sponsors public programming—lectures, poetry and fiction reading, workshops, conferences, symposia, seminars, and performances—fosters scholarly and artistic collaborations, and offers meeting spaces for its various affiliated members.

A list of our conferences, lectures, discussions, poetry readings and other performances can be found under "Events" on this website.  The Center also sponsors a work-in-progress series, in which faculty and invited guests gather, over lunch, to discuss new work presented by their colleagues.

Since it was built in the late 1970s, the Center has been home to the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia, a group of postdoctoral fellows supported by generous funding from the Mellon and Kenan foundations.  In the coming years, the Heyman Center, in collaboration with the Society of Fellows, plans to offer additional fellowships to junior and senior faculty both at Columbia and from other universities.

The Heyman Center also houses Columbia's Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, the Society of Senior Scholars--a group of emeritus faculty who teach primarily in the Core Curriculum--and The Friends of the Heyman Center.  All of these groups host seminars and colloquia of their own throughout the year. The Lionel Trilling Seminars and the Edward Said Memorial Lecture are also based at the Heyman Center. Notices for these can be found in the Events section of our website.