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.

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.   XX


All Fox Center seminars are held online via Zoom per Emory University's COVID-19 guidelines.

The Georgia Seminars:

The Okefenokee Swamp: The Past, Present, and Future of “Trembling Earth”
Begins February 4

Close Escapes: Four Poets on Leaving Georgia                         
Nov 2020
(Rescheduled from Spring 2020)

Great Works Seminars:

LISTEN CLOSELY: Rethinking How We Hear Greatness in Popular Music
Begins March 2
Living Library: Exploring the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library
Begins March 1
Going Viral: Viruses and the Meaning We Make of Them
Begins February 10
Reading the Past, Reimagining the Future
Begins February 4
William James's Pragmatism
Begins February 1
Perspectives on Imperial China
Begins January 14
'I felt strange, as I always do in Georgia':
The Interdisciplinary Humanism of Jean Toomer's Cane
Oct 2020
Going Goth: New Assessments of Gothic Architecture   
Sep 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



Great Works Seminars:

African American Thinker On Black Love & Learning to Love Blackness              
Sense of Wonder: Love and Beauty in the Anthropocene
Bernini: Great Works in Marble
Lewis, Tolkien and Rowling
The Sermon on the Mount: Inspiring the Moral Imagination

The Georgia Seminars:

 Atlanta Stories: Introduction to Digital Storytelling
The New Era of Documentary Filmmaking in Georgia


Great Works Seminars:

Atticus Finch: The Biography
Freud's Interpretation of Dreams
Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus

The Georgia Seminars:

The Savannah: The Story of a River and Its City
Georgia’s Waterways