The Center was established to promote innovative, collaborative
study in the humanities and arts, and encourage conversation and
debate in an effort to reach beyond the borders of a given discipline.
CHAT selects a theme each year and structures its fall semester programs
around it. The Center is home to nine Fellows, three Faculty, four
Mellon Post-Doctoral, and two Graduate. Each Fellow delivers a talk on
aspects of his or her research, in seminars held every month during
the academic year.
After a renovation of the former Provost's House at 48 Professors Row,
CHAT began in spring 2008 by hosting a symposium on "The Art and Ethics
of Translation." Since then, the center has endeavored to become a hub
of intellectual activity and initiative on campus. Numerous scholars,
public intellectuals, writers, filmmakers and artists have come to Tufts
to present their work at CHAT. Our guests have included the Nobel Laureate
Kenzaburo Oe, Pulitzer prizewinner Rita Dove, National Book Award winners
Ha Jin and Stephen Greenblatt, MacArthur Fellows Lydia Davis, Peter Cole
and Alex Ross together with such distinguished authors and academics as
Jamaica Kincaid, Ian Buruma, Stephen Pinker, Rebecca Goldstein, Francisco
Goldman, James Wood and Elaine Scarry.
All of CHAT's events are free and open to members of the Tufts community.
In addition, some events are also open to the public. Through all of its
programs, CHAT works to promote inter-departmental and cross-campus dialogue,
to raise the profile of the humanities and arts at Tufts and in our surrounding
communities, and to build support for scholarship and creative activity.
We have been fortunate in our donors whose generosity has enabled us to
expand and enhance our programming.
We hope that you will join us this semester at any or all of the events
that we have planned.
Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT)
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