The Center for the Humanities supports a variety of events, including guest lectures, performances, and exhibitions.
Humanities Colloquium Series
Drake Faculty undertaking reseach in the humanities offer insights into their current work as the basis for discussion during occasional Friday afternoon meetings. For more information contact Leah Kalmanson, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion.
The Comparison Project
An experimental effort in philosophy of religion that is historically grounded and religiously diverse. The Comparison Project features a series of lectures by scholars of religion, interfaith dialogues by Drake students and local religious leaders, and panel discussions by philosophers of religion. For more information contact Dr. Timothy Knepper, Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion.
The Drake Writers and Critics Series
Hosted by the Drake University Department of English and sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, the Writers and Critics Series brings both established fiction writers, poets, essayists, historians, and scholars to the Drake Campus to give public talks and readings, meet with students, and attend classes. For more information contact Nancy Reincke, Chair, Writers and Critics Committee.
The Iowa Humanities Festival
The Iowa Humanities Festival, held each spring, welcomes Iowans to explore significant themes through the lens of the academic and public humanities. Presenters from Iowa colleges, universities, museums, libraries, and archives as well as the venues highlight the rich tradition of the humanities in Iowa. This collaboration among the Center for the Humanities, Grinnell College, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, Des Moines Art Museum, Salisbury House and Gardens is intended to highlight the rich tradition of the humanities in our state.