Translating Blackness Book Launch

Book Launch

On Thursday, September 22 at 4:30 pm on Tufts campus, Lorgia García Peña (Mellon Professor, Dept. of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, Tufts) will discuss her latest book, Translating Blackness with Robin Kelley (Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in US History, UCLA) and SA Smythe (Assistant Professor of Black Studies and the Archive, University of Toronto). The panel will be followed by a reception.

Attned in person OR attend virtually on Zoom. Registration for Zoom livestream here.

Learn more about this event on our calendar page.

Heather Curtis named next CHAT Director

The Center for the Humanities at Tufts has named Heather D. Curtis the next Director of CHAT. Professor Curtis is the Warren S. Woodbridge Professor in the Department of Religion, and was previously Interim Chair of the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora.

Read a welcome letter from our new director below.

Welcome from the next director

It is an honor to join the Center for the Humanities at Tufts as Director. I am grateful to my predecessors in this role – founding director Jonathan Wilson (2008-2016), Lisa Lowe (2016-2018), and most recently Kamran Rastegar (2018-2022) – for their leadership in establishing CHAT as a vibrant and supportive space for innovative, interdisciplinary, collaborative scholarly engagement. I have benefited from the many conversations, events, and conferences convened at CHAT during their tenure, and I look forward to building on the solid foundations they have put in place. I am especially excited to continue partnering with the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD), which is co-located with CHAT, with CHAT’s faculty advisory board, with CHAT program administrator Courtney McDermott, as well as with colleagues across and beyond the university, as we advocate for the humanities at this critical juncture. I welcome ideas from faculty and students for ways that CHAT can support your research and teaching, and advance the profile of creative and humanistic scholarship at Tufts. It is a great privilege to welcome a wonderful cohort of faculty, postdoctoral, and dissertation fellows this year. We are also fortunate to have several visiting scholars and affiliates joining our community. We’ll have a very full house this fall at the Center with many excellent events and opportunities for connection. Please keep an eye out for announcements and mark your calendars to join us. We look forward to seeing you soon!

With gratitude,


Our 2022-2023 Fellows Announced

We are pleased to welcome seven new faculty fellows, two dissertation fellows, three postdoctoral fellows, and three visiting scholars and affiliates to CHAT for the upcoming 2022-2023 academic year. This is a dynamic group and we look forward to having a full house at 48 Professors Row.

Read more about our incoming fellows on the Current Fellows page.

Read here to learn more about this year’s visiting scholars and affiliate.

CANCELLED Apr 21: Photographer Matika Wilbur Visits Campus

This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for September 2022.

Photographer Matika Wilbur will join us on campus as part of the Resurgent Futures: Indigenous Art, Theory and Practice Speaker Series on Thursday, April 21 at 6:00 pm in the Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room. This event will be followed by a reception at the new Indigenous Center.

Learn more details about this event on our calendar.