Who Belongs at Home? Oct 16

Join us on October 16 for this year’s Dr. S.T. Lee Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities with Kamila Shamsie, award-winning author of Home Fire (2017), and Emily Wilson, Professor of Classical Studies and translator of the Odyssey (Norton 2017), explore the many meanings of home and homecoming, and how violence, colonialism, and war affect identity and community across national and cultural boundaries. Event information and Registration

ASL Interpretation Continues!

The Wolf Humanities Center values inclusivity and aims to create a welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds. Continuing our partnership with Penn's American Sign Language Program and the Deaf Hearing Comunication Centre, we are providing ASL interpretation at many live events in this year's Forum on Kinship, as well as their online counterparts. More information on hearing as well as physical and visual access is available on our Accessibility page. Please join us!


Book Manuscript Workshops

Now accepting applications from pre-tenure faculty in the School of Arts & Sciences who have a complete or near-complete book manuscript that has not yet been sent out to a press. The Wolf Center will provide funding to bring a guest scholar to Penn for a day in Spring 2020 for one-on-one mentoring and a workshop with the junior faculty's departmental colleagues. Apply by November 1, 2019.

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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: