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 are available on our events page.
Title: All about You (2012)
Screening and Q&A with filmmaker Alina Marazzi
This event is free and open to the public.
Alice McDermott is the author of several novels, including After This; Child of My Heart; Charming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award; and At Weddings and Wakes. That Night, At Weddings and Wakes, and After Thiswere all finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. McDermott lives with her family outside Washington, D.C. Her newest book, The Ninth Hour, will appear on September 19, 2017.
Katharine Noel’s first novel, Halfway House, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, winner of a Ken/NAMI Award for “outstanding literary contributions to a better understanding of mental illness,” and winner of the 2006 Kate Chopin prize for fiction. Her second book, Meantime, was published in November 2016 by Grove Press. She has been the Writer in Residence at Claremont McKenna College and the Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, where she also held Wallace Stegner and Truman Capote fellowships. Katharine lives with her husband, the writer Eric Puchner, and their children in Baltimore, Maryland, where she teaches at Johns Hopkins University.
Gabrielle M. W. Bychowski, Anisfield-Wolf SAGES fellow and lecturer at Case Western Reserve University, will present this lecture is co-sponsored by JHU’s LGTBQ Life. Bychowski will explore how the relative lack of physical “trans spaces” (bars, neighborhoods, etc.) has created a vacuum wherein the internet has become such a space where most trans people (especially youths) engage in community for the first time; she will also consider how it often falls to digital realms to mourn the dead and transform their memory into activism.
Humanities Stories from Across Hopkins
Learn about the cutting edge faculty research taking place at Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Topics include Egyptian archaeology, African American authors, filmmaking, and sociological studies.
Announcements from the Institute
Life Sentences: A Conference on Incarceration and the Humanities, held Nov. 9-10 at the Parkway Theatre, may have focused on the experience of people in Baltimore, but it’s message resonated around the world. The conference received nearly 25,000 independent views online through livestream.
The Medicine & The Challenge of New Media Conference will be held October 27-28, 2017. Medicine never takes places in a vacuum. Patients become ill in the context of work and family, physicians make diagnostic and therapeutic choices based on their professional training and institutional affiliations, researchers pose questions based on funding opportunities and the interests… Read more »
Alexander Grass Humanities Institute Director, William Egginton, spoke with Maryland Humanities about the common questions faced by liberal arts majors and educators. These questions include how their education will serve them later in life and how the Institute serves its students through the humanities. Click here to listen to the podcast!