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Early 20th century photo of African Americans about town
Black Life in the Ohio Valley Conference

Central Region Humanities Center

About the Center

With an emphasis on Southeast Ohio, the Central Region Humanities Center is establishing strong ties with academic programs, providing student experiential learning opportunities, supporting graduate and undergraduate students, and engaging with community organizations.

Ohio University's Central Region Humanities Center was created in 2001 with support from a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.

The center's goal is to establish the center not only as an agent of regional understanding, but also as a clearinghouse for exchanging regional research and program ideas, as well as a facilitator that will enhance the work of other organizations and preserve their resources.

The center sponsors an annual speaker series and an interdisciplinary biennial conference, both of which focus on the rich culture and history of the local region.

Past & Virtual Events

Advisory Committee

In addition to a director, the center has an advisory committee including faculty from African American Studies, English, Fine Arts, Geography, History, Journalism, and Sociology & Anthropology as well as representatives from a number of institutions outside Ohio University, such as the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, the Mount Zion Baptist Church Preservation Society, the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Southeast Ohio History Center, the Tablertown People of Color Museum, and the Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing, Ohio.