New Director of UCHI

The University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael P. Lynch as Director of the Institute. His appointment became effective on July 1, 2014. Michael returns to the Institute as Director after having served as a member of the Advisory Board (2010-2012) and a Residential Faculty Fellow (2006-07).

Michael P. Lynch is Professor of Philosophy and has been at UConn since 2004. The author or editor of seven books including In Praise of Reason: What Rationality Matters for DemocracyTruth as One and Many, and True to Life, Lynch is the recipient of the Medal for Research Excellence from the University of Connecticut’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and has held grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Bogliasco Foundation. Lynch, whose work has been translated into multiple languages, is a contributor to the New York Times “The Stone” weblog, and has made appearances on NPR’s On PointThe Brian Lehrer ShowColin McEnroe and many others. He lectures frequently nationally and internationally, and is presently working on The Knowledge Machine: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data (W.W. Norton).

Michael recently shared his goals for the Institute in an interview for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences web post. (Link to “Michael Lynch Discusses New Roles as Humanities Institute Director”)

Michael replaces Sharon M. Harris as Director following her retirement from UCONN after five years as Institute Director and nine years as Professor of English.

For more information, please see Dr. Lynch’s bio here.