Humanities Institute

The Humanities Institute coordinates innovative programs and events for the Trine University community and beyond. Dr. Tom Tierney is the Founder and Director of the organization.

Steuben READ Express

Founded in 2002, Steuben READ Express is a community reading project. All are invited to participate. Every even numbered year, Steuben READ Express organizes events around a chosen work of literature to encourage reading and exploration of ideas in our community.

Funding for Steuben READ Express is provided by the Humanities institute at Trine University and the Steuben County Community Foundation.

The work chosen for 2012 Steuben READ Express events is Hard Times by Charles Dickens.

Works chosen in prior years include:

  • 2014: The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel
  • 2012: Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  • 2010: Playing for Pizza by John Grisham and Heat by Bill Buford
  • 2008: March by Geraldine Brooks
  • 2006: Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
  • 2004: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • 2002: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Overlooked Film Festival

For over 25 years the Humanities Institute has sponsored a free and open film series on campus. The Overlooked Film Festival continues in the spirit of the Cinema Sampler film series that proceeded it in providing free film screenings to the public of artistically worthy films.

Professor Justin Young, member of the Humanities Institute, runs the film series  You can find more information on this very site via this link.

HAC Book Night

HAC Book Night is an event that was first celebrated on Trine’s campus in 2013. It began as part of the broader World Book Night program, but continued after that program’s demise. HAC Book Night encourages reading by proving free copies of popular books, sponsored by the Humanities Institute.

You can find more information on this very site via this link.

Jannen Renaissance Scholar Awards

Endowed in 1991 by Dr. Robert L. Jannen, chair emeritus of the board of trustees and TSU alumnus (BSChE 1950), and his wife Dolores. The awards are presented to students and faculty who exhibit a breadth of interest and accomplishment consistent with Renaissance ideals. These awards are administered by the Humanities Institute.

You can find more information on this very site via this link.