Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities

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The Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities (in the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Toledo) advocates for and supports the study of human culture — from a great variety of fields — at all levels of learning and scholarship, through both disciplinary and interdisciplinary means. It seeks both to sustain the work of humanities-related inquiries at The University of Toledo and also to foster the dissemination of that knowledge and expertise to a larger community of learners, both inside and outside higher education.

2021-2022 Institute Events

Scene of a World War 2 battle at sea with a ship on fireTurning point 1941: Rethinking World War II 80 Years On

Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Toledo Lucas County Public Library - Main Library (Michigan St. Downtown Toledo)

Admission - FREE

Explore key events of World War II during 1941, a pivotal year in the conflict. University of Toledo history professors Rob Padilla, Ph.D. and Barry Jackisch, Ph.D. will discuss how historians have interpreted the larger significance of these events and how certain assumptions about the war continue to survive in public memory 80 years after the fact.

UToledo's Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities and the Toledo Lucas County Public Library have teamed up to present this fascinating historical review.

humanities word cloud graphic, other words include writing, culture literature, philosophyhUMANITIES Lunch

Wednesday, Nov.  17, 12-1:30 p.m.


The University of Toledo's Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities invites you to participate in our next forum on the state of the humanities in higher education. We will consider current challenges and opportunities and discuss ways to generate further interest in the humanities on campus and in the local community. Lunch will be provided free of charge!

photo of Michael Stauch. associate professor of history at the University of ToledoTHE DEATH AND LIFE OF MALICE GREEN

Featuring Dr. Michael Stauch, Department of History

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 12-1:30 p.m.


Malice Green was an unemployed factory worker when he was killed in Detroit during a street enforcement incident by Detroit police officers Walter Budzyn and Larry Nevers. In contrast to events in Los Angeles following the death of Rodney King and the acquittal of officers involved in King's brutal beating, Detroit did not experience similar upheaval following Green's death in November 1992. In examining why this was the case, this talk situates Green's death in the context of Detroit during the War on Crime and the grassroots response to crime among residents of Detroit that shaped Green's experience of the city in which he died and lived.

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Committed to diversity and inclusion

The University of Toledo is committed to building and supporting a diverse, vibrant and inclusive campus community. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion works to ensure every member of the UToledo community feels included, respected and free from discrimination based on race, national origin, religion, beliefs, age, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. The UToledo Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities supports this effort wholeheartedly in our programs and the support of our students. Below are additional helpful resources.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion   University Strategic Plan for Diversity  CAL Diversity Resources 


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Last Updated: 11/16/21