Experience the life of the mind.

An annual October tradition since 1980, Humanities Day invites curious thinkers into the classrooms of the University of Chicago to hear a variety of tours, performances, discussions, and lectures from the award-winning faculty of the Division of the Humanities.

Dozens of presentations that represent all the academic departments of the Division of the Humanities are scheduled over three sessions. The day’s programming also includes a keynote address by a senior faculty member selected by the Dean of the Division.

Curious about what presentations we've offered in the past? Visit the Humanities Day sites from 2016, 2015, or 2014, or watch selected presentations at our Youtube channel.

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Since its inception in 1980, Humanities Day has been a project of the Division of the Humanities, one of the University of Chicago’s five graduate divisions. Humanities Day is also made possible by the generous support of the Visiting Committee to the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago. 

Additional support each year is provided by the UChicago Department of Chemistry, Office of the Reynolds Club and Student Activities, Oriental Institute, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Seminary Co-op Bookstores, and the Smart Museum of Art.