The Center on Modernity in Transition (COMIT) is an interdisciplinary research organization that examines the intellectual foundations of modern society and explores their possible transformation.

We believe the diverse crises facing humanity call for fundamental changes, not just of policies and socioeconomic structures, but also at the level of thought.

Our research program is animated by the idea of modernity as an age of transition towards a future world society—one that will emerge not through the universalization of any existing way of life, but rather through the sustained, creative, and complexly interacting contributions of all the diverse cultures and peoples of the world.

Speaker Series

COMIT’s speaker series bring together leading thinkers and practitioners to engage the pressing questions and dilemmas confronting humanity today.
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Upcoming events

Series: On the Spiritual in Contemporary Architecture

Saturday, November 6 at 3pm EST

Siamak Hariri: Baha'i House of Worship in Santiago, Chile

Panel discussion featuring Roberto Chiotti Phillip Tabb Susan Jones Hossein Amanat

Thursday, February 3 at 3pm EST

Brigitte Shim: Congregation Bet Ha'am Synagogue in South Portland, Maine

Panel discussion featuring David Leatherbarrow Michael Benedikt Vanessa Avery

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COMIT’s advances a range of complementary research projects, each motivated by the possibility of a future world civilization that expresses the inherent oneness and essential diversity of humankind.
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COMIT convenes its events in collaboration with distinguished partners