Trinity 100/126, Thursdays 4-5:30 pm and Fridays 3-5 pm unless otherwise noted 

Director: Sarah Pike
Phone: 530-898-6341


* The Humanities Center’s theme for this year is “Food and Culture.”

Feb. 11Humanities Center Reading Group

5:00 pm in Trinity 126

Selected readings from Johan Huizinga’s Homo Ludens and Roger Caillois’ Man, Play and Games , facilitated by Laird Easton, History. For copies of the readings, contact Sarah Pike,

Feb. 25"Thinking outside the Xbox: the play between religion and video games" Professor Gregory Price Grieve (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

7:30 p.m. in Trinity 100

Gregory Price Grieve is an associate professor and head of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He researches and teaches at the intersection of digital media, Buddhism, and the theories and methods for the study of religion. The author of numerous monographs, edited volumes, journal articles, and book chapters, Grieve’s work investigates the role that popular forms of religion play in what it means to be human in the digital age. The main body of his research concerns everyday religious practice, particularly Buddhist practices, but also Hindu, Christian, and neo-Pagan. Grieve has been immensely influential
in the field of Religion and Digital Humanities, not only through his own work, but also through his various editorial roles for leading publications, including series editor for Routledge’s “Studies in Religion and Digital Culture” and De Gruyter’s “Series on Digital Humanities and Religion.” He has leadership positions in both the Religion and Video Games and Religion, Media, and Culture groups of the American Academy of Religion, the leading professional organization in religious studies. He is also a founding member of the new International Academy for the Study of Gaming and Religion. Reception to follow. 

Mar. 03“Robinson Jeffers: Poet and Prophet” Professor James Karman, Humanities (Emeritus)

5:00 pm in Trinity 126

This tertulia will celebrate Karman’s recent publication of The Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers, with Selected Letters of Una Jeffers, Volume 3: 1940–1962 (2015) and Robinson Jeffers: Poet and Prophet (2015), the latest in his series of books with Stanford University Press that includes Stones of the Sur: Poetry by Robinson Jeffers, Photographs by Morley Baer (2001); The Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers, with Selected Letters of Una Jeffers, Volume 1: 1890–1930 (2009); and The Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers, with Selected Letters of Una Jeffers, Volume 2: 1931–1939 (2011). 

Mar. 23“Playing Indian: Europeans, First Peoples, and Struggles for Hegemony in Early North America” Professor William Campbell (University of Memphis)

7:30 pm in Trinity 100

Professor Campbell will discuss how both Europeans and Native Americans employed a variety of strategies in their respective quests to extend influence over people and resources in colonial North America. In doing so, Professor Campbell will concentrate on how playing Indian (or ideas of indigeneity) in both appearances and customs became a staple tactic for European and Native negotiators. Campbell is an assistant professor of History at the University of Memphis. He has taught at McGill University, University of Ottawa, and California State University, Chico. He was the Albert M. Greenfield Dissertation Fellow at the Library Company of Philadelphia
and the research associate at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His current research explores the interplay between colonial and indigenous representatives during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Campbell has published articles related to Early American, Native, and Canadian history in Ontario History , the European Journal of American Studies, Pennsylvania History, Canadian Military History, and New York History. He has published chapters with Oxford University Press (2012) and McFarland (2015), and his first book, Speculators in Empire: Iroquoia and the 1768 Treaty of Fort Stanwix (University of Oklahoma Press, 2012) just went to paperback print last year.