Chair of the Council of the Humanities, Denis Feeney, visiting the House of Menander in Pompeii this fall. The wall painting of the Greek comic poet Menander reading a scroll is also the image on the cover of Professor Feeney’s newly-published book, Beyond Greek: The Beginnings of Latin Literature. At a time when literary translation was unprecedented, Beyond Greek presents the cultural flourishing that produced the Aeneid, the Metamorphoses, and other Latin classics as one of the strangest events in history. (Photo: Susanna Berger)
Princeton’s Council of the Humanities, founded in 1953, is a crossroads for conversation, reflection, and collaborative research on the vast array of human experience. The Council fosters interdisciplinary work, offering grants for conferences, faculty seminars, and innovative, team-taught courses, as well as for scholarship that brings the humanities into dialogue with the arts, social sciences, sciences and technology. Each year we sponsor visits from eminent artists and writers, scholars and journalists. The Council is home to vibrant Humanistic Studies programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, to the Ferris McGraw Seminars in Journalism, and to more than a dozen interdisciplinary programs.