Friends of the Hall Center for The Humanities

Joining the Friends is easy!

You can JOIN ONLINE at the KU Endowment website or PRINT AND MAIL (PDF) your membership form.

Please consider becoming a Friend of the Hall Center.

Membership gives you access to a community of inquisitive, interesting people and to special events throughout the year. Financial support from Friends helps to support research programs sponsored by the Hall Center and to pay for our public events, which are always free and open to anyone who wants to attend.

  • Your support can help send graduate students or faculty members on research trips to locations far away that they would not otherwise be able to visit, as part of their work to broaden and deepen our understanding of the human condition.
  • Your support can help to pay for important yet expensive illustrations for scholarly books in a publishing world where presses increasingly expect authors to share the costs of publication.
  • Your support can help to pay for exciting public talks by dynamic visiting speakers who share with us new ideas that open our minds, reveal new ways of understanding who we are, and uncover the histories that brought us to the moment we now live in.

The Hall Center is one of 12 designated research centers at KU. Faculty in the humanities here at KU produce a steady stream of books and journal articles with major presses; each year they give dozens of conference presentations across the globe. Scholarship in the humanities is one of KU’s areas of research excellence. You can help make this world-changing work possible!

Benefits of Friends Membership

The chief benefit of becoming a Friend is the knowledge that you are supporting the creation of knowledge and making possible high-quality public programming sponsored by the Hall Center. Additional membership benefits include invitations to popular fall and spring socials and members-only conversations with visiting speakers.

All Friends of the Hall Center receive:

  • Invitations to exclusive social events and lectures
  • A copy of our Annual Report and bi-annual Communiqué
  • A subscription to our monthly e-newsletter, Public Humanities Update
  • Postcard reminders for upcoming Hall Center events

Members who give $500 or above also enjoy the added benefit of membership in the Hall Center Director's Circle, which entitles you to attend special receptions with guest speakers.

Members who give $1000 or above are invited to periodic dinners with the Hall Center Director to engage over a relaxed meal and discuss future programming for the Hall Center. 

How to Join

You can JOIN ONLINE at the KU Endowment website or PRINT AND MAIL (PDF) your membership form.

Matching Gifts

Does your employer match charitable contributions?  Please do not forget to request a match and double your gift to the Hall Center!


Please contact either Center Director Richard Godbeer at or Assistant Director Andrew Hodgson at with any questions you may have.


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