Mission Statement

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Established at the University of Louisville in academic year 1997, CCHS is charged with enhancing humanistic scholarship, research, creative activity, teaching, and public awareness at the University of Louisville, in the Louisville metropolitan area and, in collaboration with other universities, colleges, and humanities organizations, throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. To this end, the Center offers a variety of programs, some focused internally on faculty research, but many designed to appeal to the public and to help make the University a cultural center for the city and the Commonwealth. Within its means, the Center also offers support in funding, publicity, networking, and other forms for humanities-oriented projects undertaken by departments, programs, faculty working groups, and community groups with related missions. It especially encourages interdisciplinary work and collaboration among individuals, among existing units within the university, and between U of L and other institutions--not only other colleges and universities, but also public schools, museums, arts groups, and other humanities organizations.

 

Director: John Gibson, 502-852-3046

Program Coordinator: Tracy Heightchew 502-852-8977

CCHS Advisory Board

  • Genevieve Carlton, History
  • John Greene, Classical & Modern Languages
  • Susan Griffin, English
  • John Hale, Liberal Studies Project
  • Jeremy Kim Jongwoo, Fine Arts
  • Baron Kelly, Theatre Arts
  • Ranen Omer-Sherman, Comparative Humanities
  • Diane Pecknold, Women's & Gender Studies
  • Daniel Vivian, History

Commonwealth Center Programming

 

In addition to events supporting the CCHS Annual Theme and the Faculty Fellows Program, CCHS can provide modest support for projects and programming that originate from other departments and programs to host lectures, workshops, seminars, symposia, conferences, screenings and other events.  Contingent on funding, we can offer support to faculty for collaboration that enriches humanistic intellectual activity and research culture on the A&S campus. This support may require matching funds or consultation with its board of advisors.