The New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University was established in 1976 by founding director Richard Sennett as a forum for promoting the exchange of ideas between academics, professionals, politicians, diplomats, writers, journalists, musicians, painters, and other artists in New York City—and between all of them and the city. It currently comprises approximately 220 Fellows.
The NYIH typically holds luncheon-lectures for Institute Fellows every Friday of the academic year. In addition to these events the NYIH organizes a variety of seminars, conferences, discussions, readings and performances that are free and open to the public.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I become a member of the NYIH?
To be considered for fellowship two fellows must agree to write the following: a letter of nomination and a second letter supporting the nomination (additional letters of support are welcome but by no means necessary). A detailed c.v. and bio are also required. These materials are reviewed by the Fellowship Committee in March/April every year. New fellows are invited to participate immediately.
2. How do I access a list of NYIH public events?
Click on the Events link at top for information about upcoming as well as past events. You may also contact the Institute at 212.998.2101 or email@example.com. Please note that we program events on an academic calendar (no events in the summer), and tend to organize several per semester.
3. Is there a mailing list where I can place my name and email for event updates?
Yes. Sign up on the NYIH home page (www.nyihumanities.org/home), under Get Updates Via Email. This mailing list is for Institute updates only; we do not share this list with other parties.
4. Can I reserve a ticket for an upcoming event?
No. Admission to public events is on a first-come, first-in basis. Please show up early and you will be admitted. Only NYIH fellows are permitted and encouraged to reserve seats by calling or emailing the NYIH.
5. Where is the Institute located?
The NYIH offices at New York University are located at 20 Cooper Square, 5th floor, New York, NY 10003. While a majority of our public events are held at NYU halls and facilities, some are held at off-campus venues, such as The New School or the Angel Orensanz Foundation.
6. How can I contribute to the NYIH?
If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the NYIH please send a check to the New York Institute for the Humanities, 20 Cooper Square, 5th floor, New York, NY 10003. Checks should be made payable to "The New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU." If you would like to volunteer your services or make an in-kind contribution, please contact the NYIH at 212.998.2101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.