2016-17 Letter from CCHS Director
August 2, 2016
I am delighted to announce the ‘new’ Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society. The 2016-17 academic year will see the launch of the ambitious Faculty Fellows program, and the Center will also begin management of an extensive list of arts and culture partnerships. CCHS now has the resources to sustain a vibrant, inclusive, and cutting-edge research culture in the arts and humanities, and our partnerships with the community will ensure that our work produces public goods. The Commonwealth Center is committed to promoting humanistic inquiry across disciplines and throughout the College, and we invite faculty to join us as we work to create an exciting ‘atmosphere of ideas’ on campus and in the community.
The primary charge of CCHS is programming and research support. The Center will continue to host international conferences, invite distinguished visiting speakers, showcase the research and creative activity of faculty, and organize roundtables with academics and community leaders on topics of current interest. During the 2016-2017 academic year, the Center will arrange its core activities around a theme, Mapping the Humanities. This theme will provide the intellectual context for many of our events and a focus of concern, discussion and debate for the Faculty Fellows program. Please check our calendar regularly for events.
The Commonwealth Center looks forward to working with you.
Prof. John Gibson
Director, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities & Society