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One of the oldest humanities institutes in the United States, the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University supports innovative interdisciplinary academic programming, research, and scholarship
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Scholars Explore the Theme of “Dirt” Through Center for the Humanities Series

Scholars Explore the Theme of “Dirt” Through Center for the Humanities Series

During the Center for the Humanities Lecture Series, nine scholars explored the theme of “Dirt” throughout the fall 2020 semester. The theme explored the material ecologies and symbolic currencies of filth, waste, toxicity, and contamination alongside ideas of purity, hygiene, and cleanliness to address and reframe a range of contemporary environmental and cultural urgencies. Through […]
8 Undergraduates Make Presentations at Arts and Humanities Symposium

8 Undergraduates Make Presentations at Arts and Humanities Symposium

Eight Wesleyan students presented papers during the inaugural CTW (Connecticut College, Trinity College, Wesleyan University) Undergraduate Symposium in the Arts and Humanities on Nov. 10. This symposium, hosted at Trinity, provided undergraduate students from the three partner institutions, as well as other institutions in the region, an opportunity to present their original scholarly work in […]
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Upcoming Events

Feb 6

Center for the Humanities Monday Night Lecture Series - Jennifer C. Nash (Duke University)

06:00 pm

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In the Room" explores the work of women of color doulas laboring in Chicago in an era where doulas are increasingly hailed -by the state and by activists- as precisely the innovation that can save black mother's lives. Professor Nash's analysis draws on twenty-three interviews she conducted in 2018 with birth doulas-many of whom describe themselves as "bodyguards". She explores the complicated tensions around professionalization and the medicalization of birth that underpins their practice, and considers the place of their work in the ongoing effort to eradicate black infant and maternal mortality.

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