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director's welcome

Adrian Parr

On behalf of the Taft faculty, fellows, staff, and students, I welcome you to the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center Web site.

The Center was established to support and enhance both interdisciplinary and disciplinary work committed to the development of ideas and critical thinking. To this end, the Center sponsors distinguished speakers, conferences, symposia, and interdisciplinary research groups. The Center’s activities celebrate diversity in scholarship. The Center is supported by a generous endowment from Annie Sinton Taft.


Over the years, the Center has grown to be an important hub of research activity for the University of Cincinnati. As the reputation and research output of the Center grows, we will work to enhance and strengthen the national and international presence of both the Center’s activities and those of its fellows, faculty and students.


I invite you to browse our Web site and the work of our many faculty and past distinguished speakers.

Adrian Parr
Chair of Taft Faculty and Director of the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center;
Joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and the School of Architecture
and Interior Design; UNESCO Co-Chair of Water Accessibility and Sustainability



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