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Center for the Humanities

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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 and the state of Missouri. Serving a diverse, urban population, the Center's mission is to emphasize the humanities in  the St. Louis bi-state region, and especially in local communities otherwise under-served by free humanities and arts programs.

The Center for the Humanities has two central objectives:

  1. to provide visibility and focus for humanities and arts activities at UM-St. Louis, and
  2. to attract and channel resources for the support of interdisciplinary humanistic and creative inquiry.

To this end the Center sponsors a variety of performances, discussions, and conferences. 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 a jewel of the UMSL campus:

The Center for the Humanities also sponsors the Editorial Office of Theory and Society, an international, interdisciplinary journal of social theory and practices.


  2017 Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival



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Theory & Society Journal

Center for the Humanities sponsors Theory and Society, a peer-reviewed, 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 most 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, Political Science, Communication, Organizational Analysis, Criminology, 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 specialize in social science research and social theory. 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.

Advisory & Community Boards

Faculty Advisory Board

Community Board


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: 

Thank you.


Karen Lucas

(314) 516-5698