Humanities Institute Collection

Wake Forest University

The WFU Humanities Institute supports Wake Forest scholars and students as they engage in humanistic inquiry.  We provide resources for innovative research and other creative activities. 

The Humanities Institute establishes programs and provides funding for faculty in the humanities and their collaborators in other fields of study, fostering collaboration among scholars in the humanistic disciplines, and promoting cross- and interdisciplinary research and other creative activity.  It also supports joint faculty-student research and activities, and builds partnerships with the public community outside Wake Forest.  In so doing, the Institute aims to advance the university’s commitment to education and scholarship that is pro humanitate and to underscore the value of the humanities for the common good.

We are especially interested in advancing projects that involve cross- or interdisciplinary collaboration or draw on interdisciplinary perspectives.  Crossing disciplines promotes new scholarly insights, and the Institute encourages initiatives that bring together multiple humanistic disciplines or connect the Humanities with science, social science and artistic fields.


  • Allen Mandelbaum: A Commemoration
    Keyword(s): allen mandelbaum; digital humanities

    Allen Mandelbaum:  A Commemoration

    Professor Allen Mandelbaum was an American professor of Italian literature, as well as a poet and translator. As W.R. Kenan Jr. professor of humanities at Wake Forest University, he taught memorable classes and encouraged and supported his students and colleagues alike. Allen Mandelbaum is internationally known as a translator from Latin (Vergil and Ovid), Greek (Homer) and Italian (Ungaretti and Dante).

    A commemoration ceremony on the campus of Wake Forest University included speakers, poetry readings and musical intermissions, followed by a reception on Saturday, October 13, 2012 . 

    This document represents a collection of those remarks and memories. 


    Poca favilla, gran fiamma seconda:  A great flame follows a little spark.