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HumIn Focus

As part of the Humanities Institute’s mission to publicize the social relevance of Humanities scholarship, we present HumIn Focus, an educational web series that asks scholars to reflect on the ideas lying behind pressing social issues. In each episode, we ask scholars to reflect on ideas in their work in ways that expand and enrich questions of current concern. In so doing, we hope to both broaden and deepen conversations about those questions in ways that emphasize how what we do in the Humanities matters crucially for all of us.

Episodes

Humanity Behind Bars: Incarceration in America

Posted on February 6, 2022

We examine the history of the American carceral system and ask what happens to the human being behind bars. We hear from humanities scholars, legal experts and prisoners, focusing on just solutions that might reduce prison populations and restore the humanity of prisoners while preparing them for life after prison. Continue »

 

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Rethinking Care: Health Humanities and the Pandemic

Posted on April 18, 2021

The COVID 19 pandemic has provided a stress test for the American healthcare system. In Rethinking Care, we view healthcare through the lens of the humanities, focusing on ways to repair some of the inequities of the system, and provide better care for healthcare workers and patients alike. Continue »

 

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Making Home: Migration, Mobility, Hospitality

Posted on September 9, 2020

Humanities scholars at Penn State reflect on migration, mobility and the ethics of hospitality so as to better understand the context of the debate on immigration and refugees in the US and around the world. Continue »

 

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Selected landmark images from different towns featured in WPSU's Our Town series.

Our Town

Posted on December 12, 2014

Discover the people and places of central Pennsylvania through the lenses of local residents.

 

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Pennsylvania Folklore: Woven Together

Posted on December 21, 2017

Explore some of the many textile arts that can be found throughout the state, examining the traditions behind them and the motivations of the craftspeople creating them.

 

Making the Blue Band title card, view of Blue Band member performing from the stands in Beaver Stadium

Making the Blue Band

Posted on January 14, 2011

The Penn State Blue Band is one of the nation’s premier college marching bands. Follow eight freshmen hopefuls through auditions, cuts, and the grueling days of band camp to find out who has what it takes to make the band.