Center for the Humanities

Looking for an opportunity to reflect on new topics, break out of your comfort zone and find common ground with people who have differing viewpoints than your own? The humanities ask us to think deeply about what it means to be human and help us build connections to one another in a world that can often be confusing. They provide a pathway for exploration across moments of beauty, ugliness, hope, despair, joy and sorrow, and help us analyze and respond to those moments. The Carroll University Center for the Humanities enriches the university experience through programming that requires an open mind and a desire to engage in thought-provoking conversations. Our events are open to all students, regardless of major.

Comprehension. Compassion. Action.

The humanities are fields of study that focus on human society and culture. They demand us to ask questions, they compel us to think creatively, and they challenge us to consider new ideas and outside perspectives. They require that we look at the past to prepare for the future. The humanities add value to a Carroll education by providing students with a rich foundation to more broadly understand the human narrative.

Through special events, programming and scholarship that leads to meaningful conversation and reflection, the Carroll University Center for the Humanities enhances and expands upon the academic experience. We help students gain insights and context that equip them to interact with comprehension, compassion and action — in the classroom, in their profession, and in the complexity of today’s global society.

The Center encourages students to contribute to the broader field of knowledge by sharing the research and insights they gain through participation in our activities.

Programs and Events

The Center for the Humanities sponsors a variety of programming that enriches the student experience at Carroll and highlights our liberal arts heritage.

Support the humanities at Carroll

Humanities-based programming is central to the Carroll University experience. Our goal is to build an endowed fund that will provide long-term support for the Carroll University Center for the Humanities and its activities. Please consider a gift that will help establish a permanent resource for the humanities at Carroll.

If you would like to make a donation to support the Carroll University Center for the Humanities, select “other” as your gift designation and type in “Humanities”.

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Mission Statement for the Carroll University Center for the Humanities

The Carroll University Center for the Humanities stimulates engagement in Humanities-based content and methodologies across our undergraduate population. The Center supports Humanities-based inquiry by promoting a model we call “Lean In/Push Out”: a two-fold process that encourages scholars and students to “lean in” to contemplative practices and then to “push out” their research and insights to the public. By sponsoring annual events, such as our Student to Scholar Lecture series, as well as through providing fellowship opportunities and supporting relevant campus initiatives, the Center for the Humanities strives to augment the undergraduate experience and to highlight Carroll University’s liberal arts heritage. Ultimately the Center seeks to motivate all undergraduates, regardless of major, to engage in Humanities-based inquiry in order to understand the human experience more deeply and in order to forge empathetic connections throughout the university, the community, and our ever-changing world.

Contact Us

Interested in learning more about the Carroll University Center for the Humanities, or new developments in the humanities at Carroll?

Dr. Lara Karpenko, Associate Professor of English

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