Annual Topics

Wolf Humanities Center on Afterlives

Loss and recovery. Ineradicable legacies. Unexpected returns. Apocalypse and its aftermaths. Is anything ever simply dead and gone? The Wolf Humanities Center invites you to join us for our 2017–2018 Forum on Afterlives as we explore questions of identity, time, and what counts as being alive!

Public Events
Event Video Footage
Event Audio Footage

Topics Archive

Humanities at Large

Explore More!

Humanities at Large programs are collaborations that go beyond the Wolf Humanities Center's annual topic, showcasing events and people on campus and off who are making important contributions to our understanding of human culture. One such effort is the Wolf Humanities Center's partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival, which began in 2012 with Penn Provost Ezekial Emanuel speaking on The Ethics of American Health Care. Other collaborations have featured the award-winning cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the premiere of the comic opera Biennale at Philadelphia's Barnes Foundation, and HAIKU, an international conference on the role of the humanities within the creative research university.

Fellowship Opportunities

Fellowship Opportunities

Each year, the Wolf Humanities Center provides fellowships for Penn students, Penn and regional faculty, and postdoctoral scholars interested in conducting research related to our annual topic. As part of their research, all fellows participate in the Forum's interdisciplinary seminars, conferences, and cultural events.

2017-2018 Fellows

Fellowship opportunities for the 2018–2019 Forum on Stuff are available in the following five categories:

  • Mellon Postdoctoral (Call for Applications Closed)
  • Penn Faculty* 
  • Regional Faculty*
  • Penn Graduate Students*
  • Penn Undergraduate Students*

*Application Deadline: March 20, 2018