Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Located at the heart of campus in Frost Library, the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI) provides space and resources for Amherst faculty and departments to engage a broad vision of the role humanistic thinking can play in scholarly and public life. Each year we invite several fellows into residency at the Center to conduct research and collaborate with each other under the rubric of a resonant theme. The Center also hosts performances, forums, exhibitions, digital interventions, conferences, and workshops designed to foster humanities inquiry.

Where Are They Now? - Brett Brehm

Brett Behm

A CHI Fellow alumnus looks back on his time at the CHI

Brehm credits the lively interdisciplinary discussions at the Center for helping him develop a new direction in his research in the field of environmental humanities.

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Research Tutorials for Sophomores and Juniors

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Students who enroll in these courses will be designated Research Fellows and will be eligible for summer housing and support to continue the projects they began with their tutorial instructors.

Research Tutorials offer faculty and students the opportunity to collaborate on shared research projects in the humanities and “humanistic” social sciences. The enrollment for each tutorial is limited to six students. Offered for sophomores and juniors, the courses present ongoing research on a series of related questions in the faculty member’s area of expertise. By exploring how different scholars approach a topic, students learn to frame a research question, develop research strategies, and identify and use sources. Students pursue a research topic that dovetails closely with the professor’s scholarly interests.

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New England Humanities Consortium RFP - Due March 30, 2020

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The New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC) is offering competitive seed grants for research initiatives in the humanities that seek to capitalize on the collaborative network of the consortium. Awards of up to $5,000 will be made. Priority will be given to applications demonstrating concrete plans for consortium membership involvement. Such involvement can take different forms, but will typically constitute direct collaboration between two or more member institutions and/or active and solicitation of faculty, staff, or students from member institutions. Applications are welcome from individuals or teams, but the PI must be on the faculty of a NEHC member institution. Potential areas of funding interest include the following:

  • Collaborative research projects
  • Summer Seminars
  • Study or working groups
  • Shared speakers across institutions
  • Collaborative course design
  • Exhibitions

Application deadline: March 30, 2020