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The next director of the Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Chris Grobe takes the helm of the CHI

Christopher Grobe, associate professor of English, has been appointed as the next director of Amherst’s Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI). Chris’s four-year term in this position will begin on July 1, 2023. Darryl Harper, John William Ward Professor of Music, will complete his term as the director of the CHI at the conclusion of this academic year.

Presidential Scholar in Residence

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Saidiya Hartman is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where her major fields of inquiry are African American and American literature and cultural history, slavery, law and literature, and performance studies. Author of Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-making in Nineteenth-Century America (1997), Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route ( 2007), and Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval (2020), she is on the editorial board of Callaloo and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious fellowships.

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Digital Humanities at Amherst College has a new website!

Digital Humanities is an aspect of scholarly activity in the humanities that is advanced through the use of digital technologies, opening new avenues of inquiry. Check out projects by Amherst College faculty, students, and staff!

Humanities in the News:

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More on the decrease in humanities enrollments

The New Yorker staff writer Nathan Heller investigates in his recent article, provocatively titled "The End of the English Major," why enrollment in the humanities have been in free fall in many colleges and universities. 

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LACOL Summer Courses 2023

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Digital Humanities and Applied Machine Learning

Liberal Arts Collaborative for Digital Innovation (LACOL) invites all Amherst College students to participate in one or both non-credit 8-week summer courses. Both courses are fully online with synchronous and asynchronous elements and run from June 7 until August 4.

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National Humanities Conference 2023 - Call for Proposals

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Indianapolis, Indiana, October 25-29, 2023

The Federation of State Humanities Councils and the National Humanities Alliance are pleased to announce the 2023 National Humanities Conference, to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 25-29, 2023. The 2023 National Humanities Conference invites proposals that examine this year’s theme “Crossroads”. We especially encourage proposals that engage humanities practitioners, professionals, and scholars/academics to discuss shared or aligned destinations and crossroads as well as proposals that explore and delineate how and why we diverge. The deadline for proposal submission is April 3, 2023. For questions regarding the online submission form, please contact

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