"Humanity has always looked to the arts to explain the world."
-W. Kamau Bell, comedian, political satirist, and 2018 Sinatra Artist-in-Residence
Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi performing on campus during Rhiannon’s first year of residency.
The Center for the Arts & Humanities creates robust creative and intellectual programming that brings the campus community together with artists, scholars, and community organizations. Our theme for 2021-22 is Racial and Environmental Justice, which builds on our 2020-21 theme, Twin Pandemics of COVID-19 and Racial Injustice. In addition to hosting faculty fellows and visiting scholars and artists, we are launching a new student fellows program.
This academic year we have been bringing acclaimed musician Rhiannon Giddens to campus as Sinatra Chair for three week-long virtual visits, including performances, conversations, and class visits. This spring, we are looking forward to continuing to develop collaborative programming with other universities, community partners, and our own CAH faculty fellows to host symposia, book launches, readings, exhibits, discussions, blogs, and more.