The Center for the Humanities at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, launched in 1992, is the only Humanities Center in the University of Missouri four-campus system, the region, and the state of Missouri. Serving a diverse, urban population, the Center's mission is to emphasize the humanities in St. Louis, and especially in an area otherwise under-served by free humanities and arts programs.
The Center for the Humanities has two central objectives:
- to provide visibility and focus for humanities and arts activities at UM-St. Louis, and
- to attract and channel resources for the support of interdisciplinary humanistic and creative inquiry.
To this end the Center sponsors a variety of conferences, performances, and discussions. For many years, the Center has organized the "What is a City?" conferences, examining the structure and social environment of cities and their effects on social and cultural diversity. We are founding members of the annual Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival, along with such institutions as Washington University and Cinema St. Louis. We coordinate two annual series of events that are free and open to the public:
- Monday Noon Series, featuring a variety of luntime performances and talks in the arts and humanities.
- Poetry & Fiction Reading Series, presenting fiction writers and poets reading and discussing their works, with book signings.
The Center for the Humanities also sponsors the Editorial Office of Theory and Society, an international, interdisciplinary journal of social theory and practices.
- Karen Lucas, Associate Director
- Keianaa Hall, Communication Intern
Community Viability and Vitality
The University of Missouri–St. Louis Center for the Humanities in conjunction with the St. Louis County Library presents the opening event for the 2015 Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival:
Music and the Muse: poems with & about music
- When: Monday, September 28 | 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.
- Where: Florissant Valley Branch, St. Louis County Public Library, 195 S. New Florissant Rd., Florissant, MO 63031.
- FREE & Open to the Public | No Registration Required
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- Call (314) 516-5698 for more information
Michael Castro, St. Louis's first Poet Laureate, opens the 2015 Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival by reading from his work, with musical interludes by cellist Tracy Andreotti and percussionist Henry Claude. Castro is co-founder of the literary organization and magazine River Styx. He has published ten collections of his poetry, four of translations, and one of prose. His collaborations with musicians are found on five CD albums. As Poet Laureate, Castro has initiated a Unity Community reading series to promote cross-cultural dialogue and healing. Andreotti is equally at home in classical and creative improvised music, as principal cellist with Union Avenue Opera and cellist and co-founder of Trinity Piano Trio and the St. Louis Avant-Garde Ensemble. She collaborates with dancers, visual artists, and a clown. Claude, a composer and instrument builder, teaches Percussion and Percussion Ensemble at Washington University, where he directs the Dance Division. He has been an engaged percussionist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for thirty years, and is the Principal Timpani & Percussion with Union Avenue Opera and founder and director of the Nuclear Percussion Ensemble.
This opening event of the 2015 Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival is presented in partnership by the St. Louis County Library and the St. Louis Center for the Humanities.
The 2015 Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival runs Monday, September 28 through Saturday, October 3, at venues around the bi-state area. For a full Festival schedule, please visit: mohumanities.org/calendar
The Center for the Humanities produces these events and series:
- Monday Noon Series
- This free cultural series presents interdisciplinary lectures and performances by artists, dancers, musicians, historian, fiction writers, social and political analysts, and cultural leaders. No registration is required. Light refreshments are served.
- Poetry & Fiction Reading Series
- The Poetry & Short Story Reading Series is cosponsored with the University of Missouri-St. Louis the MFA Program in Creative Writing..
- The Series features contemporary poets and fiction writers who read from their original works. The Series gives our campus and wider community opportunities to hear and discuss original works of writers from across the United States and even beyond. All readings are free; no registration is needed. For the coming events, call (314) 516-5698.
Center for the Humanities is proud to sponsor Theory and Society, a refereed, interdisciplinary journal of social theory and practices, published by Springer in The Netherlands.Considered by many the premier journal of social theory in English, Theory and Society is subscribed to by major research libraries around the world. The journal has published 6 issues a year for over 4 decades. The T&S Editors and authors are distinguished scholars with international reputations in Sociology, History, Education, Anthropology, Art History, Political Science, Communication, Organizational Analysis, and Gender Studies at numerous universities.
Karen Lucas, associate director of the Center, has served as managing editor and corresponding editor for Theory and Society since 1982. The St. Louis T&S Editorial Associates are an important part of the journal's life. The group is composed of faculty from UMSL, Webster, University of MO Columbia, and St. Louis University who serve in this capacity because of their interest and expertise in social theory research in an interdisciplinary context. The editorial associates meet for lively discussions of current topics. The associates praise the group as a major opportunity for scholarly interactions with colleagues from other departments, disciplines, and universities. The Center for the Humanities is pleased to enhance faculty opportunities and the university's scholarly reputation by providing the journal a home on our campus.
Faculty Advisory Board
- Daniel Gerth, Interim Dean, Pierre LaClede Honors College
- Rita Csapo-Sweet, Theater, Dance & Media Studies Dept.,
- Kathleen Nigro, Program Advisor, English & Gender Studies
- Frank Grady, English Dept., Jim Henry, Music Dept.
- John Hoover, Director, St. Louis Mercantile Library
- Terry Jones, Political Science Dept., Min Soo Kang, History Dept., College of Arts & Sciences
- Jacquelyn Lewis-Harris, Anthropology Dept. & College of Education
- Pamela Stuerke, Accounting Dept.
- Terry Suhre, Director, Gallery 210
- Sharon Laux, Education Program Manager, Economics Dept.
- Nancy Kranzberg, President
- Dinorah Bommarito
- Dorothy Doyle
- Kay Drey
- Sue Engelhardt
- Melanie Fathman
- Renee Franklin
- Barbara Gervais
- Tullia Hamilton
- Audrey Jones
- Nick Karakas
- Elaine Laura
- Cileia Mirand-Yuen
- Cecilia Nadal
- Bill Odell
- Jill Petzall
- Paul Reuter
- Rosemary Rosenthal
- Chrysoula Tomaras
- John Wuest
To contribute in support of the Center for the Humanities, please mail a check made payable to UMSL Center for the Humanities to: 406 Lucas Hall, University of MO-St. Louis, One University Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63121-4499; or to give online: https://fusion10.umsl.edu/devsystems/firstdatagateway/give.cfm