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The Humanities Initiative at Carnegie Mellon

The Humanities Initiative is a collaboration of Carnegie Mellon's humanities departments to produce alumni who have the skills to solve real-world problems, the flexibility to adapt to changing technology and markets, and a respect for intellectual and cultural diversity. The Humanities Initiative sets H&SS apart from traditional liberal arts schools by providing humanities students with a multi-disciplinary, technologically enriched curriculum that is unparalleled elsewhere. And by enhancing the university's core curriculum, the Humanities Initiative will broaden the education of all Carnegie Mellon students. 

The Humanities Initiative has three main components: The Humanities Scholars Program, The Humanities Center and The Center for the Arts in Society.  

The Humanities Scholars Program, open by invitation to students admitted to H&SS, brings together faculty across different humanities disciplines to create distinctive, interdisciplinary courses. These courses are often team-taught, allowing students access not only to the expertise of different faculty members, but unique insight into the interdisciplinary dialogues that make university life intellectually exciting. They provide an opportunity for students to explore connections among different disciplines and to work collaboratively with faculty mentors. The students have the option to live in the same dormitory cluster their first year at Carnegie Mellon in order to create a vibrant community of scholars. 

The Humanities Center is a collaborative research center that includes faculty in all four humanities departments: English, History, Modern Languages and Philosophy. Its goals are to strengthen research and teaching in the humanities; to foster collaborations among the humanities faculty and between humanities faculty and faculty in other disciplines; and to nurture a greater role for the humanities in an increasingly technological and global society. The center sponsors conferences and lecture series, supports and promotes humanities research, and brings to campus distinguished scholars and lecturers.

The Center for the Arts in Society is a multi-disciplinary research and education center that brings together scholars from the humanities, social sciences and arts who are interested in studies of culture and society, and the history and production of the arts. It is a collaboration of H&SS and the College of Fine Arts. Each year, the Center brings visiting scholars in residence to Carnegie Mellon, and it sponsors a regular series of events including panel discussions, faculty presentations and guest lectures. The center sponsors the Arts in Society minor. 

For more information about these programs, contact Shilo Raube, Director of Media Relations (sraube@andrew.cmu.edu or (412) 268-6094), or talk with the H&SS Academic Advisory Center.  

 

 

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  Mapping the Future of the Humanities and Social Sciences
Last summer, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences released the "Heart of the Matter," a report on the current state of the humanities and social sciences and their role in creating a vibrant, competitive and secure nation. On Monday, April 21, Carnegie Mellon and the American Academy will hold the first Pittsburgh-area discussion of the report and its implications for improving education and creating a sustainable global society. Read more.
  David Danks Appointed Head of Department of Philosophy
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  Christopher R. Genovese To Head Department of Statistics
CMU has selected Genovese to head its Department of Statistics, a global leader in applying statistics to many areas of science, technology, policy and education, effective July 1, 2014. Genovese, professor of statistics, succeeds Mark Schervish, who has served as department head for the past 10 years Read more.
  Dietrich College News: March 2014
Features this month social media and the Mexican drug war, visual neuroscience, student scholarship winner, alumni profiles and much more. Read Dietrich College News.
  How the Internet and Social Media Have Shaped the "Drug War" in Mexico
In a new paper, Paul Eiss examines how both sides of the drug war — the cartel operatives as well as government and security forces — have used and responded to digital and social media. Read more.
  Jeria Quesenberry Wins Distinguished Teaching Award
Quesenberry, who joined the Information Systems (IS) Program in 2007, has become a key member of the IS faculty and has been intimately involved with all critical aspects of the program’s development and expansion both in Pittsburgh and Qatar. Read more.
  Student Wins Unprecedented Back-To-Back State Department Scholarships
The U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) are extremely competitive and coveted. When Dervla McDonnell (A, DC’15) was awarded one last year, it was quite an accomplishment. But now the junior fine art and Japanese Studies major has won a second scholarship, making her one of the very few to participate in the CLS Program for two years in a row. Read more.
  New Dietrich Honors Fellowship Program Announced
The program will provide summer funding support to rising seniors in the Dietrich College senior honors program as they undertake early-stage research and development of their thesis topics. Read more.
  Richard Scheines Appointed Dean of Dietrich College
Scheines, professor and head of the Department of Philosophy, has been selected to lead the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences as dean, effective July 1, 2014. He will succeed John Lehoczky, who has served as dean since 2000 and will return to the Department of Statistics’ faculty. Read more.
  Students, Alumni Attend Under Construction
Nearly 60 alumni returned to support 150 current students and help them build their careers. The second annual “Under Construction: Building Your Future” event encouraged students and alumni to explore the diverse fields available after graduation. Read more.
  Video: The Humanities at Carnegie Mellon University
The Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences is proud to have distinguished faculty and talented students who are leading the humanities into the 21st century. In this short video, Dietrich College faculty, staff and alumni talk about the college’s excellence in the humanities. Watch the video.

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