Humanities Center

Humanities Center

Welcome to The Syracuse University Humanities Center. Founded in 2008, we are located on the third floor of the historic William P. Tolley Humanities Building at Syracuse University.


The SU Humanities Center has hosted well over three hundred conferences, public lectures, performance and exhibits at Syracuse University and in the CNY region through its major annual programs Syracuse Symposium ™ and the Central New York Humanities Corridor. We have also sponsored multi-year research programs such as "Images? Precisely!" in conjunction with the SU School of Architecture, as well as the major international initiative the Perpetual Peace Project, now entering its second phase with the "Eat Together for Peace" campaign in Syracuse in Fall 2012 that was followed by the visit of his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet in October 2012 to participate in the two day program "Common Ground."






In addition to these major annual programs, including the Humanities Center Dissertation Research Fellowships and Faculty Fellowships generously funded by The College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School, in the past year we initiated the Syracuse Symposium Seminars in which faculty from across the University will offer new courses that address that year's Syracuse Symposium theme at both graduate and undergraduate levels. During the spring semester each year the Center's Fellows also organize The HC Fellow Spring Symposia as part of their residence in the Humanities Center and in conjunction with their area of research, bringing national and international scholars to campus to engage in conversation around their area of research. 


Humanities_Corridor_2011_color_sm.jpgOriginally established in 2006 by an initial award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and administered by the SU Humanities Center since 2008, the CNY Humanities Corridor has facilitated collaborative research between faculty at Syracuse University, Cornell University, and University of Rochester. Beginning in 2012, the Humanities Corridor received an additional million dollar award from the Mellon Foundation to support a second phase of activities and has expanded to encompass many of the liberal arts colleges and universities in the Central New York region. More detailed information on the history and range of collaborative range of research projects supported by CNY Humanities Corridor project is available at