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Promoting collaborative research on ideas central to the pressing issues of our time.

The Truth Project

The Truth Project

What do YOU say truth is?

As the Humanities Institute examines The Status of "Truth" in Public Discourse and Human Interaction, we invite you to do the same. Watch our video as we introduce The Truth Project and begin to ask the question of what counts as “true” or “knowledge” in humanistic disciplines. For more information on upcoming events, visit our Special Initiatives and Programs page or visit The Truth Project website.

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At the Heart of Every Other Question

In politics, business, and issues of social concern, the most trenchant challenges we face all rest upon fundamental questions about the human condition.  What does it mean to be human, a citizen, a biological organism, a member of a society?  What role does our history, and its complex conflicts and triumphs, play in our current confrontations?  What responsibilities do people have for themselves and their environment versus what concern should be borne by the rest of us in a caring and just world?  Where do we fit in the larger non-human world?  Countless pressing social issues turn on abstract and longstanding questions that are at the center of humanities research.

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Walls that Transcend Boundaries

By providing a space for faculty and graduate students in the humanities to address the fundamental questions that underly the most pressing issues of our time, we foster collaboration, innovative approaches to research, and outreach that brings humanistic discovery and thought into the public domain.

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Initiatives to Inspire and Engage

Through thematic programming series and public events, the Penn State Humanities Institute aims to open new lines of questioning for humanities scholars, engage the public in humanities research, and cultivate a community that can champion the human perspective in their lives and in their work.

Latest News
Mar 20, 2018
The Truth Project: Upcoming Events
The HI will host two April events as part of our Truth Project, "Sustain What? Wrestling with the 'Truths' of Sustainability and Climate Science" on April 4th at 4p.m. in 101 Chambers and "Who Counts? How Lives are Remembered and Erased in Public Discourse" on April 23rd at 4p.m. in 101 Chambers. For more information, visit our Special Initiatives and Programs page.
Jan 06, 2018
Inaugural Event: Michael Roth
The Humanities Institute welcomes Michael Roth, President of Wesleyan University, for an Inaugural Lecture on March 29th at 4:00 p.m. at the Nittany Lion Inn's Alumni Lounge
Dec 07, 2017
"Public Humanities Initiative" Grant
We are happy to announce that the HI is a recipient of a substantial grant from the PSU Arts and Humanities Strategic Plan Implementation program in support of our "Public Humanities Initiative." In partnership with Prof. Matt Jordan and our colleagues from the Bellisario College of Communications, we are now set to begin planning our video series and podcast series. In these programs we will engage in sustained conversations about scholarship in the humanities that inform and enrich discussions of the most pressing issues of the day.