The original Committee report envisioned the FCHI as an interdisciplinary institute providing "a focal point for humanities endeavors within the University," which would work to advance "research and teaching in the humanities broadly construed." The FCHI serves both those trained in the humanities as traditionally defined and also others in the University who are interested in humanistic issues; outreach to faculty and students in the Social Sciences, the Sciences, and the Professional Schools at Emory is an important part of the FCHI's work. The FCHI is dedicated to providing occasions and spaces for encouraging intellectual community and scholarship across disciplines.

New for 2021-2022:

New Junior Faculty Work in Progress Seminar  
Postdoc Resources at Emory


FCHI Great Works Series

Each year, the FCHI offers two seminar series designed for the greater community.  These seminars focus on a notable work, text, movement, or historical moment and are framed within academic and popular sources.  Led by faculty and experts in their field, these seminars are held either during the fall or spring semester and are free and open to the public. Reservations for any of the current seminars can be made at 404-727-6424 or .

Great Works Seminars (GWS), funded by an NEH Challenge Grant, focus on classic and defining works of philosophy, literature, history, music, and the visual and dramatic arts.  From our inaugural seminar “Jane Austen’s World” in 2008, topics have ranged from Homer’s Odyssey to Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, and from “The Epic of Gilgamesh” to “Samuel Pepys’ London.”

• Launched in 2015, The Georgia Seminars, funded by Georgia Humanities, explore the spectrum of human experience across the state, including history, literature, politics, art, and commerce.  Beginning with the seminar "John Muir and Wilderness in Modern Georgia," these seminars delve into the places, personalities and events that help define what it means to be Georgian. 

Seminars are held online via Zoom per Emory University's COVID-19 guidelines unless otherwise noted.


Begins March 10

Georgia’s Origin Stories (ended)
Begins March 22
W. E .B. Du Bois: Then and Now
Begins February 2

Language, Politeness, and Civility  (ended)
W. E. B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction in America (ended)

The Georgia Seminars:
The Okefenokee Swamp: The Past, Present, and Future of “Trembling Earth”
Close Escapes: Four Poets on Leaving Georgia                         
Great Works Seminars:
Listen Closely: Rethinking How We Hear Greatness in Popular Music
Living Library: Exploring the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library
Going Viral: Viruses and the Meaning We Make of Them
Reading the Past, Reimagining the Future
William James's Pragmatism
Perspectives on Imperial China
'I felt strange, as I always do in Georgia':
The Interdisciplinary Humanism of Jean Toomer's Cane
Going Goth: New Assessments of Gothic Architecture   

2019-2020                                                                                                                                          Great Works Seminars:
Honey on the Page: Yiddish Children’s Literature and the Jewish Twentieth Century
Reading Samuel Beckett, The Shorter Plays
Making Women (Free): Colonialism, Orientalism, and Liberalism in Conversation 
The Georgia Seminars:
Atlanta Stories at the Fox Center: Step Ahead Scholars Bridge the Educational Divide
Convergence/Divergence: Perspectives on Georgia Women Writers