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 Public Humanities Fellowship was developed in partnership by the Heyman Center for the Humanities and the New York Council for the Humanities to bring humanities scholarship into the public realm, to encourage emerging humanities scholars to conceive of their work in relation to the public sphere, to develop skills for doing so, and to strengthen the community of the public humanities in New York State. The yearlong Fellowship provides training in the methods and approaches of public scholarship and supports the work of Fellows in exploring the public dimensions of their own scholarship in partnership with a community organization that serves public audiences. The 2013-2014 Public Humanities Fellow is Max Hayward. 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]