About the Institute

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The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities promotes expansive, interdisciplinary discussion and debate. Serving as a crossroads, clearing house and testing ground, the Institute cultivates ideas that transform into cutting-edge research and dynamic courses.  We cultivate this work through our annual fellowship program for faculty working in the humanities; our co-sponsorship of numerous workshops, reading groups, performances, film presentations, readings and lectures; and our first-year honors program (the Kaplan Humanities Scholars Program). The Institute reaches through and beyond disciplines at Northwestern by hosting public humanities programs, such as our partnership with the Evanston Public Library and the Chicago Humanities Festival.