The Levan Institute for the Humanities serves as a hub for the humanities and humanistic social sciences at the University of Southern California, connecting faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students across disciplines, departments, programs, and institutes.


Book Chats

Conversations celebrating new books by USC scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Each event features the author and guests in conversation about a recently completed publication.

How To…

Practical workshops where humanists discuss how to do the things we do. Each workshop consists of brief comments from three experienced presenters and a longer Q&A session.

Working Groups

Interdisciplinary working groups that foster intellectual exchange and advance research on topics in the humanities (broadly construed) not already addressed by an existing department or program.


The Levan Institute provides modest grants and promotion for public events in the humanities at USC.

Global Collaborations

The Levan Institute aims to foster and facilitate collaborations with scholars and institutions around the globe.

New Books

Congratulations to USC scholars on their recent publications!

Upcoming Events

Book Chat

John Carlos Rowe, Our Henry James in Fiction, Film, and Popular Culture (Routledge, 2022)

September 18, 2023, 12–1pm   |   MORE

The author will be joined in conversation by Beverly Haviland (Brown University) and David McWhirter (Texas A&M), moderated by Melissa Daniels-Rauterkus (USC). Co-organized by the USC Department of English. Registration is required.

Book Chat

Olivia C. Harrison, Natives against Nativism: Antiracism and Indigenous Critique in Postcolonial France (University of Minnesota Press, 2023)

October 27, 2023, 12–1pm   |   MORE

The author will be joined in conversation by Abdellali Hajjat (Université libre de Bruxelles) and Cécile Alduy (Stanford University), moderated by Hajar Yazdiha (USC). Registration is required.

Book Chat

William G. Thalmann, Theocritus: Space, Absence, and Desire (Oxford University Press, 2023)

November 14, 2023, 12–1pm   |   MORE

The author will be joined in conversation by Frederick T. Griffiths (Amherst College) and Susan Stephens (Stanford University), moderated by Vincent Farenga (USC). Registration is required.

Book Chat

Cristina Mejia Visperas, Skin Theory: Visual Culture and the Postwar Prison Laboratory (NYU Press, 2022)

December 7, 2023, 12–1pm   |   MORE

The author will be joined in conversation by Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu (NYU) and Anthony Hatch (Wesleyan University), moderated by Nayan Shah (USC). Registration is required.

Header image: Reverse of Postcard of Tram Running Between Venice, Ocean Park and Santa Monica, California, March 31, 193- (date obscured), USC Libraries Special Collections

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Director: Daniela Bleichmar
Associate Director: Zach Mann
Assistant Director: Isabella Carr

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