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About Us

The Institute for the Humanities is a center for innovative, collaborative study in the humanities and arts. Each year we provide fellowships for Michigan faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars who work on interdisciplinary projects. We also offer a wide array of public and scholarly events, including public lectures, conferences, art exhibitions, and performances.

Our mission is to serve as a national and international centerpiece for scholarly research in the humanities and creative work in the arts at the University of Michigan. We exist to deepen synergies between the humanities, the arts and other regions of the university, to carry forward the heritage of the humanities, and to bring the voices of the humanities to public life.

Since 1987 the institute has granted fellowships to over 350 Michigan faculty fellows, Michigan graduate student fellows, and visiting fellows.  

The Institute for the Humanities:

  • Encourages fellows to talk and debate, informally and formally—all in an effort to reach beyond the assumptions of a given discipline.
  • Promotes innovative teaching in the humanities, encouraging fellows to add perspectives from other disciplines to the courses they teach.
  • Brings nationally known scholars, artists, and performers to Michigan to participate in programs, conferences, and fellowships.
  • Offers programs reaching out to university and public audiences.
  • Brings together those who create—artists, musicians, actors, writers—with those who analyze these art forms.