One of the largest and most comprehensive humanities centers in the United States, the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities:
- Promotes interdisciplinary inquiry and innovation
- Honors humanistic scholarship as it informs fields across the social sciences, sciences, arts, and professional schools as well as the traditional humanities
- Fosters exchange and collaboration among university scholars, community members, and cultural organizations on matters of public import
Known internationally for its initiatives in public scholarship and the digital humanities, the Simpson Center serves a broad-based academic research mission. Its purpose is four-fold:
- To further crossdisciplinary research and inquiry
- To pilot crossdisciplinary curriculum
- To promote public scholarship and university-community engagement
- To develop humanistic initiatives at the leading edge of change
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- Crossdisciplinary Research informs all Center programs
- Curriculum includes innovative, crossdisciplinary courses, and the graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship.
- Public Scholarship refers to diverse modes of creating and circulating knowledge for and with publics and communities.