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Past Long-Term Projects

Since 1998, the Kahn Institute has launched dozens of innovative long- and short-term projects that have brought together a wide range of students and faculty members. If you have questions about past projects, please contact us at

Year on Democracies (2021-22)

The Kahn Institute is partnering with the Provost’s Office for the campus-wide themed year in 2021–2...

  • September 9, 2021

TranslationS (2019–20)

Translation has always been part of what makes us human. This yearlong Kahn project draws attention ...

  • April 28, 2020

Fear (2019–20)

What is fear? Why is fear so widespread? How does it shape personal behavior and public policy? This...

  • April 27, 2020

Refugees (2018-19)

This project seeks to draw together faculty from a wide range of fields whose work intersects with t...

  • April 26, 2020

Food (2018-19)

Once the discourse only of anthropologists, food has become a growing area of research and discussio...

  • April 26, 2020

War (2017-18)

Despite efforts to outlaw it and undermine its legitimacy, war remains with us; it is a persistent h...

  • April 24, 2020

Play (spring 2016)

This one-semester project aims to approach play from a variety of disciplinary perspectives in order...

  • April 2, 2016

Memory (2015-16)

This yearlong project aims to consider the great range of mechanisms, uses and representations of me...

  • April 1, 2014