Loyola University Maryland

Center for the Humanities


The Center sponsors guest lecturers, lecture series, and other public events such as fine arts exhibits, performances, and concerts. While lectures need to address a humanities-related theme, sponsorship of lectures can come from any department, faculty member, or administrator of the University.

Proposals for funding under $1,500 may be submitted from September through April. Without exception, proposals for funding over $1,500 are due by the last working day of March of the academic year preceding event.

The following examples of faculty and departmentally sponsored lectures, lecture series, and performances represent the variety of events the Center sponsors:

Examples of Lectures and Lecture Series

  • Lecture by Dustin Dixon, "Classical Tragedy and Horror Films" (2017)
  • Lecture by Mark Bowden, "Battle of Hue and the Vietnam War" (2018)
  • Modern Masters Reading Series, 2017-2018, Joy Williams, Richard Ford, Khaled Mattawa, Charles M. Blow and Eliza Griswold
  • National Italian Week: "Discovering Turin, the Royal City" (2019)
  • Theology Department Fall Lecture Series: "The Continuing Significance of Martin Luther King's 'Letter from Birmingham Jail'" (2018)
  • Language, Literature and Society Symposium:"The Creation of the Middle Class: the Role of Art, Literature and Philosophy in the Formation of Class Identity" (2019)

Examples of Performances and Exhibits

  • Voice Master Class Series: an annual series of master classes, workshops and lectures for singers and voice teachers.
  • Modern Masters Series: an annual series of readings by modern  writers
  • Odds Bodkin performance “The Iliad. Book 1” (2018).
  • American Shakespeare Center Tour performances. Three plays are staged over three nights each fall.
    Fall 2018 The Comedy of Errors, Sophocles' Antigone, The Winter's Tale
  • Violetta Parra Concert with Alturas Duo and Alexandra Aubert
  • Jenna Philips and Musicians from Peabody Conservatory, "Songs of the Troubadours and Trouveres" (2018)

Programs Supporting Research in the Humanities 

  • Departmental student writing awards: Writing awards given annually by each department in the humanities.
  • Student summer fellowships: Fellowships supporting student work on scholarly or creative projects in the summer, under the direction of a faculty member.
  • Student research assistant program: Funding for faculty to hire student assistants to help with research and associated clerical work.
  • The Nachbahr Award: An annual award recognizing outstanding achievement in scholarship or creative work by a faculty member in the Humanities.
  • Faculty publication costs: Provides reimbursement for certain costs of publishing.
  • Humanities faculty publication library: Provides reimbursement for limited distribution of faculty books on and off campus, including:
    • Cost of five copies for author to distribute;
    • Cost of providing books or works in other media to faculty members who request it; and
    • Purchase of one copy for Humanities Center library.
  • Summer study grants for adjuncts and affiliates: This program funds six weeks of concentrated reading of a coherently organized list of materials for at least three affiliate faculty at $4,000 each.
  • Stipends for affiliate faculty sponsoring programs: Awards affiliate faculty who sponsor or significantly participate in programs funded by the Center in amounts from $100-$300.
  • Stipends for summer study for students: Stipends for eligible undergraduates applying to participate in unique programs in the humanities (e.g., participating in an archaeological dig or intensive language program) during the summer that are not available to the students through Loyola offerings and that may not count as credit toward graduation.
  • Stipends for otherwise unpaid internships: Stipends for students to participate in a non-credit summer internship pertaining to the humanities that would otherwise not offer remuneration.

Programs Supporting Teaching in the Humanities

  • Grants for team-taught courses: Supports the development of interdisciplinary courses with grants of $2,000-$4,000.
  • Enriching classroom teaching:
    • Provides reimbursement for materials to improve or support a new course; and/or
    • Provides stipends to attend conferences.
  • Nurturing intellectual friendships: This program enriches the academic climate at Loyola by funding (up to $250) opportunities for faculty to nurture intellectual friendships with, and among, students whom they identify as exhibiting a particular passion for learning.

Professor Heidi Brown held cooking workshops to explore the foods of four different French speaking nations: Algeria, Reunion Island, Guadeloupe and France. The students from her upper-level French class prepared a various recipes for a meal from each nation.

  macaron cake 133  gaudeloupe meal 248  reunion island 200  algeria 200

   Macaron cake/France          Guadeloupe meal                       Reunion Island dish  preparation  Algerian meal

Other Types of Programs

Examples of programs that do not fit the categories above, initiated through grant proposals include:

  • Humanities Faculty Reading Group: A monthly gathering of faculty members to discuss texts in various disciplines across the humanities.
  • French and German Reading Groups: Faculty groups have organized in some years to read and discuss French and German texts in various disciplines across the humanities.

Ongoing Major Programs Funded by the Center

  • The Honors Program: The Honors Program, which receives half of its funding from the Center, offers an academic curriculum designed to enrich and complement the academic experience inherent in a Loyola education, along with a wide range of activities, including numerous cultural experiences off campus.
  • Humanities Symposium: The Humanities Symposium links a series of intellectual and cultural events (lectures, films, fine arts activities) to a single text and theme each year. The chosen text is typically included in 40 or more courses and thus becomes the basis for a campus-wide discussion which is both interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary. A Symposium Week includes multi-class discussion of the symposium text during regularly scheduled class periods, and culminates in a keynote address. The keynote speakers for past symposia have included CORE co-founder James Farmer, as well as Nobel laureates Elie Wiesel, Czeslaw Milosz, and Toni Morrison.

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