The Spiritual Life of the Mind

I’ve been listening to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s biography by Robert D. Richardson, subtitled: “The Mind on Fire.” Richardson wrote an intellectual biography on Henry Thoreau as well, called: “A Life of the Mind.” Perhaps because those phrases were foremost in my subconscious—resonating with me, exciting me, and providing motivation during the past year as I’ve …

The BYU Humanities Center at 10: A Few Last Thoughts, Personal and Institutional

It was BYU’s university conference week in late August 2011, and I was feeling a little nostalgic. And anxious. I was at the college meeting for faculty for what I anticipated was the last time. My family had returned a couple months earlier from Aberdeen, Scotland – the second of our half-yearly stints where I …

2021

The Humanities Center held its 9th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, October 29th at 3:00 PM in the Education in Zion Theater. This year’s event featured 6 undergraduate students from the College of Humanities and their research. Candace Brown: “Hear Him: Listening to the Holy Face” The diptych–an important format used by Netherlandish Renaissance …

2020

The Humanities Center held its 8th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, October 23rd at 3:00 PM via YouTube livestream. This year’s event featured 6 undergraduate students from the College of Humanities and their research. Claire Gillett: “The Folkway Podcast: Preserving and Perpetuating Canadian Fiber Art Traditions Through Digital Storytelling” The maritime provinces of Atlantic …

Winter 2022: Behold, I Make All Things New with Barbara Newman

Winter 2022 The BYU Humanities Center welcomes Barbara Newman as our Faith and Imagination lecturer on Friday, March 25th, 2022.  Her lecture will be presented in the EIZ Theater at 3 PM. Title: Behold, I Make All Things New: Interpreting the Last Book of the Bible Professor Newman (Ph.D. Yale) is known for her work …

Fall 2021: The Art of Christian Reflection with Heidi J Hornik

Fall 2021 The BYU Humanities Center welcomes Dr. Heidi J Hornik, Professor  of Art History and Chair of the Department of Art & Art History at Baylor University as our Faith and imagination Lecturer on October 22, 2021.  She will select excerpts from her book The Art of Christian Reflection published by Baylor University Press and …

One Year Fellowships 2022-23

BYU’s Humanities Center sponsors two one-year faculty fellowships. Unlike the multi-year fellowships, these one-year fellowships will be awarded by application rather than appointment. The fellowship period will begin in the fall semester of 2022. Fellowships will come with a salary supplement of $2,500, a research stipend of an additional $2,500, and release from two courses …