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

Celebrating Twenty Years of UCHI

20 Years of UCHI

The University of Connecticut Humanities Institute is celebrating twenty years of promoting the humanities, twenty years of fellowship, and twenty years of creativity and innovation. Join us on March 30, 2022 as we welcome our 20th anniversary speaker, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones.

Want to be a part of the UCHI community? Applications for our 2022–23 residential fellowships are due February 1, 2022. Applications for our undergraduate research fellowships are due February 18.

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).

Latest News and Events

20 Years of Fellows: Joseph Ulatowski

2019–2020 visiting fellow Joseph Ulatowski reflects on his fellowship year, considers why facts matter, and argues for the importance of Indigenous epistemologies for the future of knowledge.

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A poster advertising Laura Mauldin's fellow's talk. A photograph of a tray of pill bottles, papers and post-it notes, along with a printed card that says "Everything will be okay" serves as the background of the poster. The text reads: 2021–22 UCHI Fellow's Talk. "Surfacing (and Countering) Our Anti-Body Politic." Associate Professor, WGSS & HDFS Laura Mauldin, with a response by Sherie Randolph. February 2, 2022, 4:00pm. Live. Online. Registration required.

Fellow’s Talk: Laura Mauldin on Our Anti-Body Politic

Laura Mauldin explores how our society’s “anti-body politic” (a refusal to attend to the fact that we all inhabit unreliable bodies) ensures we have a woefully insufficient care infrastructure. How might we counter this anti-body politic? With a response by Sherie Randolph. February 2, 2022, 4:00pm.

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