Assuring the Future of the Humanities Seminars Program

Assuring the Future of the Humanities Seminars Program

Those who treasure the Humanities Seminars have the opportunity to make sure this premier University of Arizona adult education program can continue providing quality courses to residents of the Greater Tucson area for many years to come by making a gift or contributing to the HSP Endowment Fund.

One of the program's strengths has always been that the Humanities Seminars Program has been able to present outstanding classes on topics that would be of interest to 85 participants and classes that might appeal to 25.  In order to maintain this excellence and variety, there is a need to reach out to the community of lifelong learners for long-term support.

In the words of one seminarian who expresses the thoughts of many, “The high quality of professors is astounding.  My life would not be the same without the stimulation of these classes!”

We greatly appreciate gifts of any amount.

To give online, please click here. If you prefer to mail in a check, please make your check out to UAF-Friends of HSP Endowment and mail it to:

Humanities Seminars Program
Attn: Micah Lunsford
PO Box 210150
Tucson, AZ 85721-0150.

The Panofsky Honor Society

The Panofsky Honor Society has been established as a tribute to Margot Panofsky, who made the Friends of HSP Endowment possible.  A gift of $5000 or more qualifies donors for membership in the society. For those who would like to consider major gifts or bequests, Michele Murphy, Associate Director of Development for the College of Humanities will be happy to answer your questions about gifts and planned giving. She can be reached at (520) 621-1044 or

The History of HSP

Housed in the Dorothy Rubel Room in The University of Arizona’s Helen S. Schaefer Building — also home of The University of Arizona Poetry Center - the Humanities Seminars Program offers the community a wide range of classes from astronomy to archeology and from Shakespeare to film noir.  The Seminars have been one of the university’s most successful self-supporting functions.  Enrollments have grown to the point where classes are now offered year-round.  During its 34-year history, 374 not-for-credit seminars have been offered to close to 22,000 community members.

The program is the brainchild of Dorothy Rubel.  Prior to her move to Tucson, Ms. Rubel was active in the University of Chicago’s Public Lecture Program, which featured classes for the community and its senior citizens in the arts, classics (ancient Greek and Latin subjects) and general humanistic studies.

When she arrived in Tucson, Ms. Rubel quickly discovered that no such programs existed here and she began an almost decade-long effort to lobby the UA to create a town-and-gown program in which the university’s top professors would teach the same type of classes offered in Chicago to community “students” in Tucson.  There would be no examinations, but reading assignments would be given and discussion encouraged. ... Read More