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.

How can you apply to live in the Humanities House during the 2018-2019 academic year?

To view the application for residency, click here:

Humanities House Application (2018-2019)

If you are interested in living in the Humanities House, please contact Dr. Katie Gilbert at

What is The 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?

While students majoring or minoring in a program in the Humanities may receive preference in the selection process, we encourage students from across the university who have an interested in the Humanities to apply to live in the house.

What are the roles of the Resident Scholars?

Resident-Scholars living in the House have a central role in learning about and promoting the Humanities. Engaged in an interdisciplinary immersion effort that reaches beyond the experiences students have in the classroom, our Resident-Scholars work with the Humanities and Ethics Center to plan events, to think about possible themes for the Humanities and Ethics Center’s Speaker Series, and to help select works for our Reading Series. As officers for the Humanities Society, Resident-Scholars also plan the Humanities House’s more informal gatherings, such as game nights, open mic sessions, and movie screenings.

Resident-Scholars are 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 HEC’s 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, engaged-learning experience, 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


Please 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: