This daylong gathering is devoted to exploring the roles of the interdisciplinary humanities and liberal arts throughout Emory University—the colleges, graduate and professional schools—and the future of the interdisciplinary humanities in higher education and the wider society. Of special interest is the reach of humanities beyond their traditional departments and their contributions to the natural and health sciences and professions, such as business, health care, law and ministry, as well as the arts.

Featured Participants

The gathering will feature President Claire E. Sterk, Provost Dwight A. McBride, Emory deans and senior leadership, Emory faculty, and special guests, including Earl Lewis, former president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Mariët Westermann, executive vice president, Mellon Foundation. Faculty will include Emory’s Mellon Faculty Fellows: Daniel LaChance, Daniel Reynolds, and Falguni Sheth in Emory College of Arts and Sciences; Pablo Palomino in Oxford College; Nichole R. Phillips in Candler School of Theology; Kylie Smith in Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing; and Kate Winskell in Rollins School of Public Health.


March 26, 2018
Robert W. Woodruff Library, Jones Room, Third Floor
8:30 to 11:30 A.M. Panels on the interdisciplinary humanities, featuring Emory’s Mellon Faculty Fellows
2:00 to 3:30 P.M. Discussion with Emory deans and senior leadership, moderated by Vice Provost Lisa A. Tedesco, on “Emory as a Research University with the Liberal Arts at Its Core”
4:00 to 5:15 P.M. Discussion on the future of the humanities with former Mellon Foundation President Lewis and Provost McBride, moderated by President Sterk
5:15 to 6:30 P.M. Reception


This event is organized by the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost of Emory University.

This is the culminating event of the Humanistic Inquiry Program made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The program has significantly contributed to Emory’s development of the interdisciplinary humanities and the recruitment of Emory’s Mellon Faculty Fellows.

The framework of the Humanistic Inquiry Program is designed to advance the interdisciplinary humanities across the university, including the professional schools. The grant helped Emory recruit promising young scholars who are pursuing innovative humanistic research and teaching beyond the traditional purview of humanists. A chief idea motivating this initiative is that humanists bring important analytical skills to professional training. These skills include historical examination of the profession’s development in larger social contexts; critical questioning of received hierarchies, assumptions, and practices in the professions; and cultural examination of the diversity of publics served by the professions.