The Humanities House

Everyone is talking about the Humanities House! What’s it all about?

At the core, the Humanities House is about making connections, engaging students, and reaching out to communities.

Why should we have a Humanities House?

It all starts with our basic belief that immersion in the Humanities helps a person become more passionate, open-minded, empathetic, critical, and intellectually creative. These are the kinds of qualities and habits of mind, we believe, that are crucial to achieving excellence in one’s personal, professional, and social life. We also believe that immersion in the Humanities is transformational, inspiring a person to commit themselves to forging a life path infused with meaning and purpose, not only for themselves, but for others. These commitments and beliefs led us to realize that in order to provide maximum immersion experiences in the Humanities, we would need

  • A physical space to serve as the campus hub of Humanities activity. So we converted one of Drury’s most historical and beautiful residential properties, the Parsonage, into the Humanities House.
  • Central involvement of our students. So in addition to serving as the physical location of Drury’s Humanities and Ethics Center and a site of community outreach,the Humanities House also serves as a 6-person high-impact residential learning experience for our best and brightest Humanities students.

Who can live in the Humanities House?

Students from across the division – from English, Communication, Philosophy, Religion, History, and Languages – are chosen each year to be Scholars-in residence.

What are the roles of the Scholars-in-residence?

Scholars-in-residence living in the House have a central role in learning about and promoting the Humanities. Extensively engaged in an interdisciplinary immersion effort that reaches far beyond the experiences students have in the classroom, our scholar-residents work very closely with the division’s faculty to plan events, to think about possible themes for the Humanities and Ethics Center’s Speaker Series, and to choose works for the Book Series. Our students also participate actively in the Thinking Aloud Series, the faculty discussion series on teaching and learning, gaining a valuable “behind the scenes” look at how faculty think about (and rethink) teaching and scholarship in the face of the challenges and opportunities facing the Humanities in the present and the future. Scholars-in-residence also plan the Humanities House’s more informal gatherings, such as game nights, open mic sessions, and movie screenings.

Pulling these experiences together into a coherent marketable message, our scholars-in-residence are importantly in charge of designing and maintaining our social media, assuring that we promote and give visibility to, the Humanities in the right ways. This means playing a role in contributing to the division’s group blog, and in maintaining our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts in creative ways that assure that our marketing has an engaging, informative, and fun public face.

If you are looking for an interdisciplinary, high-immersion experience, and looking to work very closely with faculty across the departments, this is an experience not to be missed.

What do some Scholars-in-residence have to say about the Humanities House?

“I’m incredibly excited for the opportunity to live in the Humanities House. In my experience, I’ve often wrestled with ‘big’ questions, like the most frequent, ‘Why are we here?’ Most people don’t seem to be concerned with these questions, so it’s difficult to know where to turn. I hope the Humanities House can serve as the center for these discussions. People can come to us and know that, not only are these questions a daily part of lives, but we love talking about them!” – Lexi Brewer

“The Humanities have always played a very important role in aiding Drury students in their quest to obtain a proper liberal arts education and thus it only makes sense for Humanities students to try to give back to their respective fields of study. Through the Humanities House, residents are able to play an integral and direct role in spreading the goals and projects of the many departments and also immerse themselves in all sorts of campus activities and events. Located in the old parsonage, the House itself also provides residents with the responsibilities of managing a large living space without the supervision of an RA or the business of dorm life. A daunting task to say the least, but ultimately it is my belief that the experience is mutually beneficial for the House’s residents and the Humanities as a whole.” – Brit Pybas

How can you apply?

To view the application for residency, click here:

 

Download the Humanities House-Application for 2015-2016

 

If you are interested in living in the Humanities House, please contact Dr. Heidi Backes at hbackes@drury.edu.

In the meantime, stop by the House during one of its events, and check it out! While you are here, though, check out some pictures of the digs: