The Center For the Humanities was established in 1984 with help from a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Envisioned to support indisciplinary research in the humanities, the Center offers fellowships to OSU and other university faculty to study for two and three term intervals at the Center's Autzen House at 811 Jefferson Ave.
Administered by the Research Office, the Center also supports humanities research and study through the sponsorship of conferences, seminars, lectures and film programs, such as the International Film Series. Until 2000, the Center was run by English Department Professor Peter Copek, who passed away in 2001.
Prior to the formation of the Center, Copek co-founded and managed the Humanities Development Program, which was established in 1975. Under the Humanities Development Program, three interdisciplinary certificate programs were created (among them the Marine and Maritime Studies and the 20th Century Studies Programs) and were later administered by the Center for the Humanities.
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