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 Programs

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.

2018-2019 Great Works Series:

Great Works Seminars:

LewisTolkeinRowling     SermonontheMount

The Georgia Seminar:



2017-2018 Great Works Series:

Great Works Seminars:


 The Georgia Seminars:



2016-2017 Great Works Series:

Great Works Seminars:

   Frakenstein    MUSIC

   Russia    Parks

The Georgia Seminars:

   Shakespeare    Auto

2015-2016 Great Works Series:

Great Works Seminars:   

     AENEID      FOUR       MOZART              

    CULTURE     IVAN      

The Georgia Seminars: