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

Thomas Seifrid, Staging the Absolute: Ritual in Russia’s Modern Era (University of Toronto Press, 2023)

May 6, 2024, 12–1pm   |   MORE

The author will be joined in conversation by Galin Tihanov (Queen Mary University of London) and Nancy Condee (University of Pittsburgh), moderated by Colleen McQuillen (USC). Co-organized by the USC Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. 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

Contact Us


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THH 348
Los Angeles, CA 90089


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

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