The Friends of the Heyman Center, under the direction of James V. Mirollo, Parr Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature, sponsors colloquia on topics of wide-ranging appeal, registration for which is open to the public.
The Heyman Center is Columbia University's central site for the Humanities.
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.
The Heyman Center is a member of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes.
Heyman Center for the Humanities Public Humanities Fellowship in Partnership with the New York Council for the Humanities
The New York Council for the Humanities, in partnership with the Heyman Center and its six partner humanities centers across the state, is thrilled to introduce the new cohort of graduate student Public Humanities Fellows for 2014-15. The Heyman Center welcomes two new Fellows: Emily Hainze (Columbia University, English & Comparative Literature), who will work to develop an online repository for digitized archival records of women and imprisonment. Mary Grace Albanese (Columbia University, English & Comparative Literature), who aims to create a forum for the preservation and transmission of contemporary Haitian narratives. For the full list of new Public Humanities Fellows please visit the New York Council for the Humanities Website. The Fellows from each of seven universities across New York State will receive training and support as they develop projects that bring their humanities scholarship to the public sphere. Fellows at these universities are included in the cohort: City University of New York Graduate Center, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, State University of New York at Buffalo, Stony Brook University, and Syracuse University. The year-long Fellowship emphasizes connecting humanities research to non-academic audiences and developing scholars’ methods and approaches for public work. Throughout the fellowship, scholars also have the opportunity to participate in innovative programs, workshops, conferences, and advocacy events sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities. For more information on the Public Humanities Fellowship, including applicant information, please contact New York Council for the Humanities Program Officer, Leah Nahmias at [email protected].