One of the largest and most comprehensive humanities centers in the United States, the Simpson Center for the Humanities is known internationally for its initiatives in public scholarship and the digital humanities. It serves a broad-based academic research mission, and its purpose is four-fold:

  • to support crossdisciplinary research and inquiry among UW faculty and graduate students
  • to underwrite initiatives in the humanities at the leading edge of change  
  • to advance innovative and crossdisciplinary study at the graduate level, and
  • to foster public scholarship at the university, in the greater Seattle area, and nationally

What Are the Humanities?

The Simpson Center has adopted the definition offered by National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act (1965):

The term “humanities” includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.

Via the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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