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Director's Welcome

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Syracuse University Humanities Center, whose home is in the College of Arts and Sciences. A hub of vibrant scholarship and dynamic programming, the Center’s initiatives emphasize the deep relevance of the humanities and focus on the humanities as a public good.

Through our faculty and graduate student fellowships, distinguished visiting professorships, and diverse programming, including Syracuse Symposium, a public events series focused around an annual theme, the Center cultivates research, supports interdisciplinary collaboration, and fosters public engagement with the humanities, broadly conceived. Our work highlights how the humanities are indispensable for examining enduring questions, confronting pressing social issues, and addressing ongoing inequities.

I invite you to stop by and visit us, at the heart of campus, in the historic Tolley building: our beautiful space offers a welcoming environment for contemplation and vibrant intellectual exchange. Learn more about the Humanities Center team, below.


Vivian M. May, Ph.D.
Director, Humanities Center | Principal Investigator, CNY Humanities Corridor


Vivian M. May

Vivian M. May Director, Humanities Center and Principal Investigator, CNY Humanities Corridor. Professor of Women's & Gender Studies

Vivian M. May has published widely on Black feminist intellectual histories, intersectionality, and feminist theory and literature. In addition to numerous articles and chapters, she is author of two books: the first, Anna Julia Cooper, Visionary Black Feminist (Routledge, 2007), shows how Cooper deserves a much wider audience for her innovative and often daring contributions to a Black feminist public sphere. Her most recent book, Pursuing Intersectionality, Unsettling Dominant Imaginaries (Routledge, 2015), demonstrates how often intersectionality is resisted, misunderstood, and misapplied and pushes for more meaningful engagement with intersectionality’s radical ideas, histories, and justice orientations. She also served as President of the National Women’s Studies Association (2014-2016).
Diane C. Drake

Diane C. Drake Communications and Program Specialist, Humanities Center.

Diane Drake joined the Syracuse University Humanities Center in July 2015, fresh from fulfilling a Canon Fellowship and chairing an events committee while assisting the Associate VP/Dean of Students at Northern Illinois University. Prior to bringing her versatile writing, design, and organizational skills to higher education, Diane served as communications and events manager, creative services director, and writer-producer for various public and commercial broadcasters in the Midwest, having earned her Bachelor’s degree in Radio-Television from Southern Illinois University. She is energized by the diverse, vibrant, intellectual community attracted by Syracuse University and the Humanities Center.
Aimee A. Germain

Aimee A. Germain Program Manager, CNY Humanities Corridor.

Aimee Germain joined Syracuse University in October 2017 as program coordinator for the Central New York Humanities Corridor. A Michigan native, Aimee has also spent time living and working in Chicago, Washington DC, Boston, and London. Prior to joining SU, Aimee worked most recently at Hamilton College and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her experience in university and non-profit administration spans student services, event planning, budget management, admissions, financial aid, alumni relations, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. An opportunity program alumna and first-generation college student, Aimee received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and her Master's degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Jackie Weinheimer

Jackie Weinheimer Budget Associate, Humanities Center and CNY Humanities Corridor.

Jackie is a lifelong Syracuse resident who joined the Humanities Center team in August 2019 after nearly six years at Syracuse Abroad. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Niagara University and her Master’s in Accounting from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University ('20). Aside from providing budget support and fiscal planning for the Humanities Center and CNY Humanities Corridor, Jackie enjoys spending time with her family and cheering on the Orange!
Shelby Rodger

Shelby Rodger Office Coordinator.

Shelby Rodger joined the Humanities Center team in July 2021, after earning her BFA in Film from the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) at Syracuse University. Previously, Shelby served as Student Ambassador for VPA’s Office of Recruitment and Admissions and as temporary help in the university's Human Resources department. As a past participant in a Fulbright U.K. Summer Institute for film and media at the University of Birmingham, she looks forward to applying her creativity and communications skills to the various office and event planning projects she coordinates with Center staff, fellows, and partners.

Gregg Lambert

Gregg Lambert Dean's Professor of the Humanities. Founding Director of the Syracuse University Humanities Center (2008-2013) and Principal Investigator, CNY Humanities Corridor (2008-2019)

Gregg Lambert was the founding director of the Syracuse University Humanities Center and Principal Investigator of the CNY Humanities Corridor, establishing the permanent endowment of the Corridor in 2014 through a 3.5 million dollar matching award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Professor Lambert has also created several other multi-institutional and collaborative research initiatives, including the Society for the Study of Biopolitical Futures and the Perpetual Peace Project. In 2013, he was elected as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes. Author of more than fifteen books in contemporary philosophy and critical theory, he currently serves in the Humanities Center as Dean’s Professor of the Humanities.