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Solving Material Problems Through Research

What We Offer: Humanities

The Humanities foster greater understanding and cooperation among different cultures through advancing the understanding of different languages, literatures, values, and institutions. Research in the humanities is diverse, even within departments. Humanistic inquiry spans all time periods and may be global in scope. Scholars in the humanities study a breadth of times and topics in order to discover connections and intersections. They study the past and the present to improve the future.

In addition to the individual research of faculty members in the Departments of Communication, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Philosophy, humanities research takes place in the following Centers and Working Groups:


Preserving digital-born works

Problem: The digital age presents opportunities to share information with more people, but such creative and scholar works can be ephemeral.

Solution: Establish a digital library and achieve that preserves works that are meant to live online while also sharing fragile works previously accessible to only a few scholars.

Image credit by Jon Hounshell

Image credit: by Jon Hounshell from the online magazine Nantahala, Issue 3:01.

The Digital Library and Archives (DLA) is a consolidation of the University Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Project and Special Collections Department. For more than a dozen years, DLA has tested new forms of scholarly communications and digitized, preserved, and provided access to primary historical research materials. Successful experiments have transformed traditional library resources and services.