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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[Video] Great New Books in the #Humanities: Ulrich Baer discusses The Rilke Alphabet by @FordhamPress
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TOMORROW at 6PM | #Humanities Ambassadors Student Club Kickoff Meeting! ATTN: #NYU undergraduates, come to Kimmel 903!
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Oct 22 5PM | Women Innovators in Culinary #History. RSVP:
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October 15, 2014

Les Registres de la Comédie-Française à l’épreuve de la pratique

November 11, 2014

Great New Books in the Humanities: Critical Terms for the Study of Gender edited by Catharine Stimpson and Gilbert Herdt

November 18, 2014

Great New Books in the Humanities: The Feminine Symptom: Aleatory Matter in the Aristotelian Cosmos

December 2, 2014

Great New Books in the Humanities: Giorgio de Chirico and the Metaphysical City by Ara Merjian

December 9, 2014

Great New Books in the Humanities: Political Performance in Syria by Edward Ziter


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