Drumming event from 2023 humanities festival (image courtesy: Deborah Varat)

On April 17 from 2-5 p.m., SNHU is holding the annual Humanities Festival to celebrate art, philosophy, and culture. Various student organizations, offices, and academic departments will be participating. This year, it will be bigger than ever in regards to the events and activities.  

There have been tireless efforts from many different student groups, including the graphics team of students that created all the shirts, banners, and posters. It was a unique collaboration that allowed for dynamic designs from the students and gave them real-world experience.  

The Humanities Festival celebrates language, music/arts, technology, and history. There will be many events in different locations on campus. The main idea behind the festival is to interact with topics in humanities in a fun and academic way.  

It originally started during the pandemic in 2020 as a way to make things more interactive and promote humanities on campus. The Public Humanities Initiative (PHI) was created to expand its reach beyond the classroom.  

Some notable events include a spelling bee, world geography quiz, confession booth, Name That Tune, and historical base ball (two words). Historical base ball will give students a chance to experience the game as it was played in 1864. They will use a lemon peel ball, an era-accurate bat, and use the old-school rules. The Seventh Annual Student Film Festival will take place in the Walker Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. These are just some of the events included in the festival. 

Deborah Varat, Professor of Art History, mentions that there will be a cyanotype-making station using a 19th-century process. Professor Sue Cook and Professor Harry Umen will be helping students create their own pieces in Robert Frost on the third floor.  

To end the night, the Concert Series created by Kylie Jackson and Angie Rupple will be happening in the Last Chapter Pub. The band Sunday Ave will be performing at 7 p.m.

The first 100 students to fill in their activity punch cards will receive a free shirt. Join SNHU for this celebration of humanities and support all the hard work dedicated to this event. For more information contact Deborah Varat, d.varat@snhu.edu