Institute History

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In 1992, Morry Kaplan sponsored the creation of the Alice Kaplan Humanities Center as a means of fostering the development of a broad, innovative humanities culture at Northwestern. It was named in honor of his wife Alice Berline Kaplan, a deceased Northwestern alumna and life-long student of the humanities. In 2006, the Center was re-endowed as an Institute, which meant that it was relocated to Kresge Hall and expanded to include the Kaplan Humanities Scholars Program (now one of the top first-year programs in the country), an Artist-in-Residence program, and four jointly-appointed faculty members. We continue to work with Dolores Kohl Kaplan to broaden and expand our reach at Northwestern and beyond.