Forum on Choice, 2020-2021

Next year the Wolf Humanities Center takes up the theme of Choice, broadly construed, to examine how processes of selection and decision-making have operated and been imagined around the world and across time, from pre-history and antiquity to the present and even into the future.

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Annual Topics

2019-2020 Forum on Kinship

We always understand kinship to mean many things. It can be biological, adopted, geographical, intellectual, religious, or spiritual. It organizes some of our most significant relationships, defining our affections, loyalties, and allegiances. Kinship can also pose obstacles to ways of being individuals and making community.

Today, in many societies around the world, broader understandings of kinship as community are being deliberately erased or forgotten, replaced by parochialisms and hatreds. How do these current sectarianisms challenge us to remember and reimagine other, more progressive forms of kinship and community?

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Humanities at Large

Humanities at Large

The collaborative Wolf Humanities at Large programs go beyond the Center's annual topic, showcasing events and people on and off campus making important contributions to our broader understanding of culture. Be sure to subscribe to our e-announcements and social media feeds for regular program updates.

Fellowship Opportunities

Fellowship Opportunities

Research Fellowships

Each year, the Wolf Humanities Center provides fellowships for Penn students, Penn and regional faculty, and postdoctoral scholars conducting research related to our annual topic. Fellowship opportunities are available in the following five categories: