Since its establishment in 1987, the Humanities Research Center has been committed to fostering connections among diverse disciplines while promoting the research goals of the humanities broadly construed. From its modest beginnings to its present status as an internationally recognized center, the HRC identifies, encourages, and funds innovative research projects by faculty, visiting scholars, graduate, and undergraduate students in the School of Humanities and beyond. This involves supporting scholarly work, facilitating research between the School of Humanities and other areas of Rice University, as well as leading institutional change by partnering with other foundations, centers, research institutions, and universities. Independent initiatives are also taken by the HRC in order to incubate ideas and detect disciplinary changes that shape the future of the university. The HRC has recently launched initiatives in Spatial Humanities, with focus areas in mapping and modeling historic sites and events, and in Public Humanities, with focus areas and interdisciplinary minors in Museums and Cultural Heritage and Medical Humanities. Other ongoing programs consist of visiting scholarships, seminars, courses, conferences, workshops, lecture series, practicums, exhibitions, performances, and film series.