In this moment of unknowns and uncertainty, let the humanities, art, writing, scholarship, and debate lead you to compassion, solace, activism, creativity, and understanding."

Alexis Boylan, Director of Academic Affairs, UConn Humanities Institute

Humanities Undergraduate Research Symposium

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The University of Connecticut’s inaugural student-run Humanities Undergraduate Research Symposium (HURS) will take place on November 12, 2021, at the Humanities Institute. The call for papers will open August 1, and proposals are due on September 10, 2021. See the HURS website for more details.

What does it mean to be human?

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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).

Latest News and Events

Publishing NOW: How to apply for a UConn Internal Grant, Humanities-Style. with Dr. Matthew Mroz, Internal Funding Coordinator, Office of the Vice President for Research. October 6, 2021, 2:00pm. Homer Babbidge Library 4-209

Publishing NOW: How to Apply for a UConn Internal Grant

Dr. Matthew Mroz will provide an overview of the seed grant funding available to researchers in the humanities at UConn and dispel any myths or misconceptions about how humanists fare in these kinds of internal funding programs. October 6, 2:00pm, HBL 4-209.

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Afghanistan and the Course of US Empire

UCHI is proud to cosponsor a discussion of Afghanistan and the state of US empire featuring Gilbert Achcar (University of London, Department of Development Studies), Quan Tran (Yale University) and Robert Vitalis (University of Pennsylvania, Political Science), moderated by Chris Vials (American Studies, UConn).

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Why We Argue. Season Two: The Future of Truth