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Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Considerations by the Way,” The Conduct of Life (1860).


The Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT) was established in 2003 to create an interdisciplinary forum for scholarship and intellectual inquiry in the humanities at Temple University. We work to bridge the disciplinary divide between departments and colleges by promoting broad, humanities-based conversations that connect scholars from multiple scholarly fields.

The Center's Director works in concert with an Advisory Board of faculty from different departments in the humanities and social sciences. Participation is open to faculty and students in all schools and colleges at Temple University. Major funding is provided by the College of Liberal Arts, the Klein College of Media and Communication, Tyler School of Art, Boyer College of Music and Dance, and the Graduate School.

Located on the tenth floor of Gladfelter Hall, the comfortable quarters serve as a gathering place for scholars from across the disciplines to meet, enjoy social hours, and read the latest humanities-oriented journals and periodicals.

The Center offers a rich and diverse range of activities, including:

  • Visits of distinguished scholars to campus
  • Public lectures and conferences in the humanities for the campus and the community by Temple faculty
  • Research grants to faculty and students
  • A year-long Fellows Seminar
  • Graduate Advanced Fellowship and Associate fellowship programs
  • Professional Development workshops for Graduate Students
  • Programs to strengthen interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate studies in the humanities
  • Contributions to planning and development across the humanities in the College of Liberal Arts
  • Cooperation with national and international humanities institutions

CHAT is a member of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes.

Contact Us

In Person

CHAT is located on the tenth floor of Gladfelter Hall on the main campus of Temple University. See directions for full information.

By Phone

Main number: 215 204-6386
Fax number: 215 204-8371

By Mail

Center for the Humanities at Temple
10th Floor, Gladfelter Hall
1115 Polett Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6089

By Email



Center for the Humanities
10th Floor, Gladfelter Hal (025-45)
1115 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19122-6089
Phone - 215-204-6386
Fax - 215-204-8371
Email - chat@temple.edu