Caleb ElfenbeinGreetings! I am very proud to direct the Center for the Humanities at Grinnell.

We are pretty unique among centers at small liberal arts colleges, itself a group small in number, in that we support faculty scholarship, cosponsor events across campus, support community organizations, and put on our own slate of programming each year.

As such, the Center is evidence of Grinnell’s incredible commitment to the humanities as a crucial component of a liberal arts education.

We are always looking to partner with others to show just how valuable the humanities are to our community. Please be in touch if you would like the Center to partner on event. We hope to see you at our gatherings and events throughout the year! 

Connect to the humanities with research and scholarship, interdisciplinary studies, and more.

Theme 2016-17: Rethinking Global CulturesMapping Program - World Map

In this year’s speaker series, we will explore the work of scholars who have reconceptualized cultures on a global dimension, giving us a new perspective on intellectual borrowings, geographic roamings, transfer and exchange of knowledge, relationships of power, and the less known lives of communities, societies, and marginal groups.

Upcoming Events

February 1, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Solera
Conversation in the Humanities, Faculty/Staff only, RSVP required.
February 19, 2 p.m., Harris Center Cinema
Film Showing: "Trials of Spring"
Guest speaker: Hend Nafie
February 20, 7 p.m., Harris Center Cinema
Film Showing: "Mustang"
February 21, 7 p.m., Harris Center Cinema
Film Showing: "TBD"
February 22, 7:30 p.m., Rosenfield Center, Room 101
Film Festival Keynote Speaker: Kathleen Newman
March 1, 7:30 p.m., Rosenfield Center, Room 101
Mimi Sheller
April 11, 7:30 p.m., Rosenfield Center, Room 101
Khurram Hussain


Watch and learn about Al Jolson's The Jazz Singer, the first feature film of the talkie era, a major turning point in American cinema.

What does it mean to live an ethical life? Webb Keane explores scientific and humanistic explanations for the ethical lives of humans.