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Promoting collaborative research on ideas central to the pressing issues of our time.

The Truth Project

The Truth Project

What do YOU say truth is?

As the Humanities Institute examines The Status of "Truth" in Public Discourse and Human Interaction, we invite you to do the same. Watch our video as we introduce The Truth Project and begin to ask the question of what counts as “true” or “knowledge” in humanistic disciplines. For more information on upcoming events, visit our Special Initiatives and Programs page or visit The Truth Project website.

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At the Heart of Every Other Question

In politics, business, and issues of social concern, the most trenchant challenges we face all rest upon fundamental questions about the human condition.  What does it mean to be human, a citizen, a biological organism, a member of a society?  What role does our history, and its complex conflicts and triumphs, play in our current confrontations?  What responsibilities do people have for themselves and their environment versus what concern should be borne by the rest of us in a caring and just world?  Where do we fit in the larger non-human world?  Countless pressing social issues turn on abstract and longstanding questions that are at the center of humanities research.

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Walls that Transcend Boundaries

By providing a space for faculty and graduate students in the humanities to address the fundamental questions that underly the most pressing issues of our time, we foster collaboration, innovative approaches to research, and outreach that brings humanistic discovery and thought into the public domain.

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Initiatives to Inspire and Engage

Through thematic programming series and public events, the Penn State Humanities Institute aims to open new lines of questioning for humanities scholars, engage the public in humanities research, and cultivate a community that can champion the human perspective in their lives and in their work.

Latest News
Nov 14, 2017
True Talk: Fake News
On Thursday November 9th at 4:30 p.m. in the Foster Auditorium (102 Paterno Library), we will host the second event in the Truth Project series. Entitled True Talk, Fake News: The Search for Truth in Public Discourse, this panel discussion brings together faculty members Rosa A. Eberly (Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences & Department of English), Patrick Plaisance (Don W. Davis Professor in Ethics & Editor, Journal of Media Ethics) and Russell Frank (Associate Professor of Journalism) to help us think about the nature of truth in our society today. Presented in partnership with Penn State University Libraries.
Nov 14, 2017
Congratulations to Maureen Carr
Maureen Carr, a Faculty Scholar in Residence this semester and Distinguished Professor of Music, was honored at the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory with a Lifetime Membership. We congratulate Maureen on this high honor!
Oct 29, 2017
Faculty Scholars in Residence
The deadline for Faculty Scholars in Residence is quickly approaching. Apply by November 13th; see details here.