Breakthrough Seminars

The Humanities Council supports new “breakthrough” courses with experiential or field components that move outside the traditional classroom setting and across departments. These seminars aim to enrich, deepen, and internationalize learning across the humanities curriculum.

Global Reporting Initiative

Journalism students reporting during the Summer Seminar in Greece

The Council is committed to scholarship, teaching, and experiences inside and outside the classroom that expose students to the best practices and critical thinking skills employed by the world’s most accomplished journalists. More

Greece and Rome Study Trips

Ara Pacis Augustae, Rome, Italy, 13–9 B.C.

The Princeton University Humanities Council and Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies invite students who successfully complete HUM 216-219 to apply to spend the following Fall Break in Greece or Rome. These trips offer the opportunity to build upon the classroom experience through first-hand exposure to Greek and Roman history and culture. Approximately 10 to 12 students will be selected to participate in each trip. More

Team-Teaching Grants in Humanistic Studies

These team-taught courses reach across disciplines and address topics of broad interest. They fulfill the capstone seminar requirement for the Humanistic Studies certificate. All courses are supported by the David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project in the Humanities Council.


Language to be Looked at
Joshua Kotin (English) and Irene Small (Art and Archaeology) 

Ancient Plots, Modern Twists
Yelena Baraz (Classics) and  Jhumpa Lahiri (Creative Writing)

Inventing Photography
Anne McCauley(Art and Archaeology) and Jeffrey Whetstone (Visual Arts) 

Ironic Voices: Socrates and C.P. Cavafy
Alexander Nehamas (Philosophy) and Katerina Stergiopoulou (Classics)


Poetry and the Digital World 
Brian Kernighan (Computer Science) and Effie Rentzou (French & Italian)

Incarceration in Antiquity
Matthew Larsen (Religion; Society of Fellows); Caroline Cheung (Classics). With support from the Stanley J. Seeger ’52 Center for Hellenic Studies, the Center for Digital Humanities, and the Council for Science and Technology.

Building Medieval Worlds
Sarah M. Anderson (English) and Janet E. Kay (History; Society of Fellows)

Near Eastern Humanities Sequence
Johannes Haubold (Classics) and Daniel Sheffield (Near Eastern Studies)

Council-Supported Study Trips


Incarceration in Antiquity (Montgomery, Alabama; Corinth, Greece)
Matthew Larsen (Religion; Society of Fellows); Caroline Cheung (Classics)

Korean Language Learning in Virtual Environments: Exploring and Navigating the Metropolitan City of Seoul (Seoul, Korea)
Ho Jung Choi (East Asian Studies)

Art, Culture and History in Poland (Warsaw and Krakow, Poland)
Thomas Kaufmann (Art and Archaeology)

Yakutsk, Siberia 
Simon Morrison (Music). Support special excursion as part of a PIIRS Global Seminar

Moscow on the Hudson: Fall Break Trip to Moscow
Katherine Reischl (Slavic) and Aaron Shkuda (Princeton-Mellon Initiative)


Exposure: Utah and the Bears Ears Monument (Utah)
Michael Celia (Director, Princeton Environmental Institute and Civil and Environmental Engineering); Fazal Sheikh (photographer). Break trip supported in partnership with the Princeton Environmental Institute.

Battle Lab: The Battle of Princeton
Rachael DeLue (Art and Archaeology) and Nathan Arrington (Art and Archaeology)

Antioch from the Seleucids to Late Antiquity (Boston)
AnneMarie Luijendijk (Religion)


La Patrona Collective (Rome, Italy)
Jessica Delgado (Religion)

Poisonous Flowers: Radical Women in Latin America (Los Angeles)
Javier Guerrero (Spanish and Portuguese)

The History of New Orleans: Invention and Reinvention in an American City (New Orleans)
Joshua Guild (African American Studies and History)

Inca Art and Architecture (Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lima, Peru)
Andrew Hamilton (Art and Archaeology)

L’Avant-Scène (Tokyo, Japan)
Florent Masse (French and Italian)

Venice and the East (Venice, Italy)
Wendy Heller (Music) and Jamie Reuland (Music)

Sarajevo Chamber Music Festival (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Anna Lim (Music)


Magical Cities (Czech Republic, Germany)
Tom Kauffman (Art and Archaeology)

L’Avant Scene (London, England; Strasbourg, France; Berlin, Germany)
Florent Masse (French and Italian)

Theater and Mass Culture in Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
Joel Lande (German)

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