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College of Arts and Sciences

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    Leading in the humanities

    for a more meaningful world.

Humanities Collaborative

The mission of the Humanities Collaborative at the University of South Carolina is to advance interdisciplinary humanistic inquiry by initiating new collaborations and supporting ongoing programs among faculty, students, and members of the public.  

Visit our News and Events page for information on future events supported by the Humanities Collaborative.

You can also join our Listserv by emailing us at HUMCOL-SUBSCRIBE-REQUEST@LISTSERV.SC.EDU


The Humanities Collaborative takes a wide view of humanistic inquiry, including research and conversations that cross disciplines, schools, and the academic / public divide. Our programs include intellectual, creative, and investigative endeavors that span traditional humanities disciplines, the creative and performing arts, the social and natural sciences, as well as questions that arise from schools such as law, business, medicine, and public health. Our programs are part of a new vision of the humanities that includes public outreach and community collaboration with partners across our state, the US, and the world.  

Founded in January, 2021, the Humanities Collaborative sponsors grants, lectures, workshops, seminars, and working groups to bring humanities scholarship to broad and diverse audiences within and beyond inside and outside the University of South Carolina. Look for our events beginning Fall, 2021! 


The Humanities Collaborative is led by Holly Crocker, director, with the assistance of the Steering Committee and the Advisory Committee.

Maureen Ryan, Associate Director

Kyle Allen, Graduate Associate

Jeanne Britton, Library
Thaddeus Davis, Theatre and Dance  
Peter Duffy, Theatre and Dance
Jennifer Frey, Philosophy 
Tony Jarrells, English 
David Kneas, SEOE 
Kathryn Lindeman, Philosophy 
Maureen Ryan, FAMS 
Pat Sullivan, History 
Nancy Tolson, African-American Studies 
Ashley Williard, LLC

Nina Levine, English 
Jessica Elfenbein, History 
Kurt Goblirsch, LLC 
Jim Hunter, Theatre and Dance 
Chris Tollefsen, Philosophy 
Laura Kissell, SVAD 
Erin Roberts, Religious Studies 

What are the humanities?

In the humanities, we study human culture and society. The humanities include academic disciplines ― from anthropology to philosophy, from art to religion ― that explain and enhance the human condition, giving us new ways to look at the world. Many fundamental aspects of everyday life fall under the umbrella of the humanities, including literature, film, television, video games, politics, religion, and social media. 
Some people might think the humanities are the opposite of the sciences, but in fact the two share a close relationship. If the sciences teach us new things about the world, the humanities allow us to communicate how that knowledge affects the lives of our fellow humans. 

By exploring the humanities, we can ask and answer compelling questions, such as:  

  • How do art and culture influence each other?  
  • What can we learn from major religious and political movements that have shaped history?  
  • How can we find more meaningful relationships to those physical places that we share?
  • How do our digital lives influence how we see each other or communicate with each other as human beings? 

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