2019-20 Letter from the Directors

John Gibson

July 1, 2019

Dear Friends,

We are now beginning the fourth year of the ‘new’ Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society. During the 2016-17 academic year CCHS launched an ambitious Faculty Fellows program, which has flourished beyond expectation. Three years ago, we also assumed management of an extensive list of Arts and Culture Partnerships, and this has allowed CCHS to showcase the excellent work of our faculty in the city’s most important cultural institutions. It has been humbling to see how many faculty, staff, students, and community partners have helped us make the reimagined and reinvigorated Commonwealth Center such a success. We send our thanks to all of our colleagues and friends who have worked so hard to help us create an exciting atmosphere of ideas on campus and in the city. 

The primary charge of CCHS is programming and research support. The Center will continue to host conferences, sponsor interdisciplinary research groups, invite distinguished visiting speakers, and put on events with our community partners. During the 2019-2020 academic year, the Center will arrange its core activities around a theme, Belonging, Exile, and Place. 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. Alan Golding

Acting Director, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities & Society

Prof. John Gibson 
Director, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities & Society

Program Coordinators:

Dr. Brandon Harwood
Dr. Janna Tajabaeva

  • More information about Humanities Research Lab and the CCHS Theme for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 can be found at these links. 
  • Faculty interested in participating in CCHS-sponsored faculty research groups (Digital Humanities Collective, American Research Group, or Discourse and Semiotics Research Group) or creating new groups should contact Brandon Harwood.