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The Humanities Initiative at NYU draws on the diverse talents and interests of NYU’s  faculty and students while taking advantage of the university’s location in New York City. The Initiative is committed to bringing NYU’s humanists together as well as to exploring the role of the humanities in the larger university and global community.

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"There's a difference between open to the public and designed for the public" -Jane McNamara
- Wednesday Jul 23 - 12:15pm

Funding allows #humanities and #arts undergrads to take part in a @StanfordBiz summer institute:
- Tuesday Jul 22 - 3:20pm

Businesses need employees who understand cultural diversity & can draw on #history & #philosophy via @stanford
- Tuesday Jul 22 - 10:08am

The origin of the word "cool" via @NEHgov
- Thursday Jul 17 - 10:20am

"So...are you a #humanities or #science person?" via @HuffPostTeen
- Wednesday Jul 16 - 3:40pm

Lena Dunham: Not That Kind of Girl | Chicago #Humanities Festival: via @Chi_Humanities
- Wednesday Jul 16 - 12:25pm


Writing Presidential Histories: Timothy Naftali and Evan Thomas

Great New Books in the Humanities: Dictionary of Untranslatables

Writers Writing: Maaza Mengiste and Gilbert King

The Value of the Humanities by Helen Small

Great New Books in the Humanities: Picking Up by Robin Nagle