2021-22 Letter from the Director

John Gibson

August 27, 2021

Dear Friends,

This August, we once again begin our academic year amid upheaval from Covid and racial reckonings. Such a time highlights the need for public humanities research hubs such as CCHS, sites committed to working within and across academic and community boundaries to explore innovative approaches that respond to today’s problems and possibilities. With that philosophy, we proudly continue our Arts and Culture Partnerships that showcase the excellent collaborations UofL has with our city’s vibrant cultural institutions. In addition, we have a new Advisory Board who are invested in engaging with and learning from communities in and beyond the university. We thank the many colleagues and friends who help us create a rich environment for thinking about how the humanities can inform contemporary possibilities on campus and in the city.

Given that 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. In addition, during the 2021-2022 academic year, the Center will arrange its core activities around a theme, Forms of Engagement. 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.

CCHS looks forward to thinking with and learning from you at our many events.


Director, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities & Society

Program Coordinators:

Dr. Brandon Harwood
Dr. Janna Tajabaeva

  • More information about Faculty Fellows and the CCHS Theme for 2016-20172017-20182018-2019, 2019-2020, 2021-2022 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.