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Founded in 1982, the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago seeks to foster a vital intellectual community for the faculty and graduate students in the humanities and related disciplines; and to participate in the national dialogue about humanistic teaching and research. Enriched by the challenges of an urban multicultural environment, the Institute for the Humanities encourages exchange among the scholarly community at UIC, colleges and universities throughout the country, and the public outside the university through its interdisciplinary symposia, lectures and seminars.

Established in 1992, the Alice Berline Kaplan Center for the Humanities fosters development of a broad, highly innovative humanities culture at Northwestern University, including faculty and students in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and other schools, such as Communication, Journalism, Law, and Music, as well as the Library. The Center's diverse activities not only address current interpretive and theoretical concerns, but also promote an interdisciplinary conversation among humanists working with different materials and texts. Each year, the Center announces interpretive theme or themes, designed to spark wide-ranging interdisciplinary debate among Northwestern humanists.

Founded in 1999, the DePaul Humanities Center serves as a site for discussion and research in the arts and humanities at DePaul University. Bringing together faculty, staff, students, scholars, community leaders, and artists, the center engages our communities in the powerful and empowering discourses of the humanities. The Center initiates and encourages the consideration of contemporary problems and solutions form the vantage point of the best humanistic scholarship and thinking. Central to the Center's community engagement is the exchange of ideas across disciplines and specializations, the communication of interests and questions to broader publics through active outreach, and the change to learn from these publics in turn by providing a space for voices from outside the academy.

The Newberry Library, free and open to the public, is one of the world's leading independent research libraries. Focusing on the humanities, the Library's evolving collections embrace the history and literature of the civilizations of Western Europe and the Americas. the Newberry offers a host of exhibits, lectures, classes, concerts, and other public programming related to the collections, in addition to highly acclaimed fellowships and programs for scholars, teachers, and undergraduates.

Founded in 1990, the mission of the Chicago Humanities Festival is to create opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy, and explore the humanities. We accomplish this by creating an annual Festival of the Humanities and by presenting programs throughout the year that encourage the study and enjoyment of the humanities. The Festival is devoted to making the humanities a vital and vibrant ingredient of daily life. We believe that access to cultural, artistic, and educational opportunities is a necessary element for a healthy and robust civic environment.

"Unlike research in the sciences or many of the social sciences, scholarly or critical pursuits in the humanities often require scholars to work alone. Without denying that feature of our intellectual lives, [the Franke Institute] is also dedicated to fostering a community. That community cuts across disciplines, across chronological periods, across professional boundaries."

Philip Gossett, former Dean
Division of the Humanities

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