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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.

Mellon spring speaker series: Humanities For All – Spring Speaker Series: “Three Approaches to Queer Theory”
Apr 23 @ 5:00 pm Levering Hall Sherwood Room

Join us as three academics at different stages of their careers share their unique approaches to queer theory and discuss how they entered into studying the humanities, obstacles they faced, and how they developed their research interests. Free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.

Funding Generously Provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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Rebecca Brown (JHU History of Art) lecture, “The Intimate Archive: Aerograms and Almirahs”
Apr 23 @ 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm Macksey Room, Brody Learning Commons, Homewood campus

How can we understand and narrativize the recent past when the materials on which those histories depend are elusive? This dilemma is at the core of Rebecca Brown’s new research on the Indian painter K. C. S. Paniker, who combined Western postwar artistic styles with a distinctively Indian sensibility. Many of his works, along with photographs, albums, and personal papers, have been dispersed among family members, collectors, and community stakeholders who struggle to assemble and preserve them. Professor Brown’s talk charts the intimacy and fragility of Paniker’s estate—and suggests what is at stake in modern and contemporary archives more generally.

Sponsored by the Winston Tabb Center for Special Collections Research, and the Sheridan Libraries

The Asher Achinstein Lecture: “Tombs Remembered – Tombs Forgotten: A Study of Jerusalem’s Monumental Tombs During the First Millennium BCE”
Apr 24 @ 5:30 pm Maryland Hall - Room 110

The Asher Achinstein Lecture

Matthew Suriano

Associate Professor Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies

University of Maryland

“Tombs Remembered – Tombs Forgotten:  A Study of Jerusalem’s

Monumental Tombs During the First Millennium BCE”


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

5:30 PM

Maryland Hall – Room 110

Please join Professor Suriano for coffee before the lecture at 5:00 PM.

Discourse Presents: The final Installment of the “Growing Up in Baltimore” series (The Meaning of Home)
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Gilman Atrium

“Discourse is excited to present the final installment in our “Growing Up in Baltimore” series. Following our adolescence-themed event from March, this final event will focus on the experiences of Baltimoreans who have called this city their home from youth to adulthood.

Join us on Wednesday, April 24 from 6pm-7pm in Gilman Atrium and enjoy a photo exhibition showcasing the works of Baltimore-based photographer Shan Wallace. A moderated panel discussion on housing issues in the city will follow from 7pm-8pm in Remsen 101, featuring Shan Wallace, Mary Slicher (Executive Director of Project PLASE), Aaron Henkin (Out of the Blocks Podcaster, WYPR), and Lisa Snowden-McCray (Editor in Chief of Baltimore Beat).

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Humanities Highlights
Humanities Stories from Across Hopkins

Near Eastern Studies faculty member Michael Harrower and students conduct research in Ethiopia

Near Eastern Studies faculty member Michael Harrower and students conduct research in Ethiopia

From the Fall 2016 issue of Arts & Sciences Magazine:

How do you uncover an ancient city? Just ask Michael Harrower, assistant professor of Near Eastern studies. In 2009, he traveled to northern Ethiopia and started exploring and talking to the locals. He was led to a prominent hill and immediately realized it was an archaeological treasure: the ancient Aksumite town of Beita Semati, which dates back to the third to seventh centuries. With grants from NASA, National Geographic, and the Archaeological Institute of America, Harrower now takes graduate and undergraduate students to Ethiopia every year to excavate the site, explore the surrounding area, and examine the long-term role of water availability in the rise and decline of Aksumite civilization.

News & Events

The old humanities and the new science at 100: Osler’s enduring message

The year 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Sir William Osler’s last public speech. In the speech, he called for a reunification of the old humanities and the new science. “Humanists have not enough Science” he warned, “and Science sadly lacks the Humanities…this unhappy divorce…should never have taken place.” 100 years after his death, what can Osler teach the high-tech physician of today?

Deadline Approaching for Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program

The deadline to apply for the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program is March 13 at 9 p.m. Applicants must have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between Sept. 1, 2015 and June 21, 2019 and must have defended and deposited their dissertations no later than April 5, 2019.