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Undergraduate Engagement Group

The Humanities Institute Undergraduate Engagement Group works to increase student awareness and understanding of the humanities on campus and to connect students with faculty, visitors, and other students who share an interest in the humanities.

As part of the group, you will be an integral member of the Humanities Institute team. Group members have unique opportunities to connect with our faculty and graduate student fellows, visiting scholars, artists, and staff; to learn real-world event planning, organizing skills, and social media marketing skills; and to develop an understanding of the inner workings of an academic humanities organization.

Examples of previous activity include:

  • Lunch with visiting writer Yaa Gyasi
  • Live-tweeting during High Stakes Culture Series
  • Special guest presentations at the monthly meetings, including ones by visiting scholar of Timbuktu Shamil Jeppie and Humanities Institute Director, Professor Peggy McCracken.


Maitreyi Anantharaman is a senior studying public policy and art history at Michigan. She is especially interested in the ways art, literature, history and media influence political and social movements. Maitreyi enjoys keeping up with her latest stack of newspapers and periodicals, exploring American cities, visiting museums and reading literary fiction.

Evan Binkley is a junior majoring in art history with a minor in museum studies. This year, he continues to work at UMMA and at the Hatcher and Shapiro Libraries. In addition to serving on UMMA's Student Engagement Council, he is also the new photography and video director for the food magazine Wolverine Cuizine. Evan says, "I had a fantastic summer working as an Education Department Intern at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and am excited to be a part of the student group this year."

Hui Yuan Neo is a senior majoring in political science with a minor in history. She believes that the humanities can help create paradigm shifts and provide practical wisdom for navigating today’s world. Raised in Southeast Asia, she is also particularly interested in the colonial legacies, cultural dynamics and politics of the region. She is looking forward to help promote empathy and equality in the university through increasing an appreciation for the humanities.

Hannah Thoms is a senior studying anthropology with minors in museum studies and history. She has worked in the collections departments at the U-M Museum of Anthropological Archaeology and Sloan Museum in Flint. These experiences have shown her how museums, as places that tell human stories, connect us to the past and help us find common ground. Hannah is excited to plan events that will help other students find meaning in the humanities on campus this year.

Julia Wang is a senior majoring in art history with a minor in museum studies. Having learned French since her high school years in Toronto, she is interested in both Chinese and French language, culture, and art history, the impact of social media on what constitutes as “art”, and the global components of art and humanities. She looks forward to planning and promoting exciting events at the Institute of Humanities.