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
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.
Center for the Humanities sponsors 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, 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, 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 a group of faculty from UMSL, Webster, University of MO Columbia, and St. Louis University who are specialists in social science research and social theory in an interdisciplinary context. The editorial associates meet for lively discussions of current topics. The associates praise the group as an opportunity for scholarly interactions with colleagues from other 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.
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
- 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
- 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 to 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