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The Alexander Grass Humanities Institute is a focal point for the 10 world-renowned humanities departments at Johns Hopkins, other dynamic departments in the humanistic social sciences, and related centers and programs. The institute sponsors scholarly meetings, public events, visiting scholars, and student fellowships and research projects.

Upcoming AGHI-sponsored Events

A complete calendar of all humanities-related events, including all AGHI-sponsored events, happening at Johns Hopkins is available on our events page.

JHU Anthropology Fall Colloquium Series
Sep 4 @ 4:00 pm – Nov 27 @ 6:00 pm Mergenthaler 439
JHU Anthropology Fall Colloquium Series
Sep 11 @ 4:00 pm – Dec 4 @ 5:00 pm Mergenthaler 439
Sep 17 – Nov 16 all-day Milton S. Eisenhower Library, M-level

September 17, 2018 to November 16, 2018

Commemorating the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War, this exhibition puts poems from the battlefield and the home front into conversation with historical photographs, maps, artifacts, and the correspondence of John Alexander, a Baltimorean and officer in the American Expeditionary Forces. World War I was conducted in flooded trenches, against chemical weapons, bombshells, machine guns, airplanes, and tanks. While many participants began the conflict in the high spirit of nationalism, conceptions of heroism, patriotism, and military ethics were re-examined and reformed under the war’s punishing conditions. The poetry of the war testifies to the dramatic cultural shifts it prompted.

The exhibition is curated for the Sheridan Libraries by Lucy Eills (Writing Seminars, Class of 2018), recipient of a Sheridan Libraries / Alexander Grass Humanities Institute Dean’s Undergraduate Research Award.

For more information click here.

JHU Anthropology Fall Colloquium Series
Sep 18 @ 4:00 pm – Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm Mergenthaler 439

Humanities Highlights
Humanities Stories from Across Hopkins

Near Eastern Studies students learn an ancient language

From the Fall 2016 issue of Arts & Sciences Magazine:

Picture a clay tablet embedded with a series of signs made up of spiky triangular wedge shapes joined to vertical or horizontal lines. To an untrained eye, the signs might look like a row of trees, a small fish, the seed head of a dandelion. In reality, though, the signs are non-representational, and their meanings have no relation to these fanciful interpretations. This is cuneiform, the ancient writing system invented to write Sumerian (ca. 3200 B.C.) and later associated with several ancient Near Eastern languages.

News & Events

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Galvanized by Dr. Frankenstein…and His Monster

The Alexander Grass Humanities Institute and The Writing Seminars invite undergraduates in the Krieger School, but also those fantasists in the Whiting School, to write a story based on, or inspired by the novel Frankenstein. The writing contest, with an award of $250, and possible publication in The Hopkins Review, is part of a celebration […]