The Institute for Humanist Studies is committed to information and practices meant to address the socio-political, economic and cultural challenges facing communities within the United States and within a global context. At The Institute for Humanist Studies we view humanism as having the moral imperative to extend the circle of justice, caring and concern to all.
Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity. Areas of Focus While IHS will begin its work within the context of a small set of issues, the major themes and sub-categories might grow to include but not be limited to:
- Social Advancement
- Religion and Spirituality
- Global humanism
- Sciences and Medical Developments
- Energy and the Environment
- Culture and Cultural Production
Current political and cultural developments within the United States have resulted in new opportunities for and altered attitudes towards humanists and humanism-based enterprises. A clear symbol of this shift is captured by the inclusion of non-theistic orientations in President Obama’s inaugural speech. A new openness to the full scope of belief and practice in the United States became a subject of public conversation, and now is the time to maximize the potential marked by the President’s inclusiveness. We are at this moment in history presented with opportunity to forge new collaborations, intellectual synergies, and community outreach meant to enhance the welfare of human communities in the United States and beyond.
Dr. Anthony B. Pinn, Research Director
The Institute also hosts a stellar group of Fellows. The Fellows comprise the core of the Institute’s research division and whose expertise and insights will help shape both the information and modes of practice we are able to provide the larger humanist movement. The Institute currently hosts seven Fellows, with the goal of expanding this number.
Professor of Humanism and Worldviews at the University of Humanistics (Utrecht, Netherlands). His main fields of interest are the theory of humanism as a worldview, and science, technology and meanings of life.
Editor of blackfemlens.org. She is a leading figure in African-American humanism and a popular blogger and speaker, and a commentator for KPFK 90.7 FM.
Assistant Professor of Religion and Africana Studies at Lehigh University. Among other publications, she is the author of Religion and Hip Hop.
Internationally known scholar with award winning work related to issue of social ethics and culture. She is currently Provost and Professor of Religion and Society at Meadville Lombard Theological School.