At a moment when multiple global crises are fracturing what we once took for granted, the humanities lead us not just toward greater knowledge, but toward greater understanding."

Michael P. Lynch, Director, UConn Humanities Institute

How do we know what we know? What does the truth look like? Consider these questions and more at our exhibition

Seeing Truth: Art, Science, Museums, and Making Knowledge

William Benton Museum of Art

January 17–March 10, 2023

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This exhibition is supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Image: Blazing the Trail to the Distant Past by Arthur A. Jansson, used with permission from the American Museum of Natural History.

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What does it mean to be human?

UConn Humanities

The humanities seek to understand the whole human being: our languages, our histories, our art and ideas. The mission of the UConn Humanities Institute (UCHI) is to promote research on these questions, and to act as a voice for that research on the regional, national and international stage. In hosting annual residential fellowships, offering opportunities for humanities-focused programming, and fostering an interdisciplinary space for scholars to think, collaborate, and create, the Institute serves as a global hub for scholars dedicated to humanist scholarship and activism. UCHI seeks to inspire and support scholars at all levels and across disciplines to take on the critical and public task of humanistic inquiry.

Humanities Institute Success

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Awarded a generous grant by the Henry Luce Foundation to help fund The Future of Truth: a multi-disciplinary, engaged research project aimed at investigating what truth is now and if, and how, it will matter in the future.

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Established, with the help of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the first-ever New England Humanities Consortium, bringing together both ivy-league and state-sponsored institutions.

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Awarded a three-year grant of $750,000 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand the New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC) Faculty of Color Working Group (FOCWG).

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