About The Institute

Margaret Ermarth Institute for the Public Humanities
Wittenberg University
Box 720
Springfield, OH 45501


Christian Raffensperger

Christian Raffensperger, Ph.D.
Department Chair and Professor of History
Director of the Margaret Ermarth Institute for the Public Humanities

Medieval Europe, Russia, Ukraine
Hollenbeck Hall 311
(937) 327-7843

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Ermarth Institute Advisory Board

  • J. Robert Baker
    Professor of Political Science
    Wittenberg University

  • Jessimi Jones
    Executive Director
    Springfield Museum of Art

  • Bill Martino
    Clark County Public Library

  • Cynthia Richards
    Professor of English
    Wittenberg University

  • Kevin Rose
    Historian and Director of Revitalization
    Turner Foundation


The Margaret Ermarth Institute for the Public Humanities was founded to connect the mission of Wittenberg University with actions in the world around us.

Specifically, the Ermarth Institute is focused on our own locality, Springfield and Clark County, as well as southern Ohio in general. Our main goal is to take the important work of learning and educating being done on Wittenberg’s campus and bring it into the community. The Institute’s core tenet is that the site of learning is not always in the classroom nor on campus. Human beings are learners; education and knowledge are acquired in diverse places across our lives.

To work toward this goal the Institute is partnering with local organizations, such as the Clark County Public Library, that share our mission of spreading education and knowledge. The Institute will offer a variety of activities for the community, from Humanities Thrives interviews to our Knowledge Shared discussions, which will bring the university community and the Springfield / Clark County community together in the pursuit of knowledge and learning–the light that we pass on to others.

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