LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences Humanities Center

The College of Humanities & Social Sciences Humanities Center supports faculty, students, and staff engaged in thought-leading humanistic inquiry. Located in HSS, the intellectual heart of the campus, the HSS Humanities Center fosters vibrant, innovative conversations across disciplines and empowers humane, creative thinking to address the world’s most pressing challenges. 
The HSS Humanities Center emerged directly from conversations with faculty, especially conversations held during the College’s active listening sessions in Fall 2022. These discussions identified some key priorities for faculty, including the vital importance of a scholarly culture of human-centered learning and discovery, and the need for a diverse suite of programming and resources to support researchers’ professional development at every career stage. This faculty-driven HSS Humanities Center thus focuses its efforts on advancing these two priorities. 
A committee of humanities faculty members is currently developing the initial shape of the HSS Humanities Center. The members of this committee are:
Chris Barrett
HSS Dean’s Fellow, Associate Professor, Department of English
Sarah Franzen
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography & Anthropology
Susan Grunewald
Assistant Professor, Department of History
Benjamin Kahan
Director of the Program in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Herbert Huey McElveen Professor of English and Professor in the Program in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Michael Pasquier
Associate Dean, College of HSS; Jaak Seynaeve Professor of Christian Studies in the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies and the Department of History
Chris Rovee
Robert Penn Warren Professor of English
In addition to crafting the vision and future programming for the HSS Humanities Center, the Development Committee is steering two initiatives invested in faculty and graduate student professional success. These two initiatives launched in academic year 2023-2024:
First, the HSS Humanities Center hosts a Drop-in Faculty Writing Space. This venue offers faculty members engaged in research a dedicated space in which they can work in quiet and in community with others in drafting the excellent scholarship for which our College is rightly known. Complementary light refreshments are provided all hours the space is open. The space is located in the Map Room of the Cartographic Information Center, located at 313 Howe Russell West. The Drop-in Faculty Writing Space was open Monday through Friday throughout Spring 2024, but it is currently closed for Summer 2024. Please visit this page again in August for our Fall 2024 times.
Second, the HSS Humanities Center offers Graduate Course-Based Mini-Residencies for Visiting Scholars. This pilot program connects faculty members and the graduate students enrolled in their courses with leading scholars in their fields. In Spring 2024, seven HSS faculty members were selected to host these mini-residencies, which brought agenda-setting scholars to campus. If you are a faculty member teaching a graduate course in Fall 2024, the HSS Humanities Center invites you to propose a mini-residency. For more details, or to submit a proposal for a mini-residency for Fall 2024, click the link below.
For more information on the HSS Humanities Center, contact Chris Barrett (