We have a double mission:
To facilitate emergent research collaborations between humanities faculty and others across the university, and to enable the humanities to act as a significant bridge to the University and the city of Columbus as well as the broader public culture.
The Institute seeks to be an active community forum for exchange among scholars and citizens and a place where the University can think creatively about what it does.
Founded in 1997, the Institute is located just east of OSU's Columbus campus, in the George Wells Knight House, originally the home of the first chair of History at Ohio State. The Humanities Institute has been underwritten by the College of Arts and Sciences, by an Academic Enrichment award from the Office of Academic Affairs, by generous special allocations from the Ohio General Assembly's Urban University Program, and by project grants and philanthropic gifts.
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