The advisory board supports the development of programming for the CHI by considering potential themes, helping to generate proposals from interested faculty, and ensuring that the full range of work in the humanities done on the campus is represented.


 

Sony Coranez Bolton

Sony Coranez Bolton

Assistant Professor of Spanish

As an American and Ethnic Studies scholar, interdisciplinary and comparative thinking have always been at the core of my research and teaching. The social, technical, and political dimensions of human problems are too large for any one discipline to solve - this must be a collaborative endeavor across fields. I'm delighted to serve on the Advisory Board for the Center for Humanistic Inquiry. My hope is to forge more connections between STEM and humanities disciplines durings my time at CHI. 

Andrew C. Dole

Andrew C. Dole

Professor of Religion

I have been working at the intersection of two humanities disciplines, Religious Studies and Philosophy, since my graduate school days. There is much to be said about the distinctive cultures and practices of these two areas of the humanities, and also about the conditions for productive exchange between them; I continue to find it worthwhile to explore these. I’m looking forward to broadening my sense of the potential for interdisciplinary cross-fertilization through serving on the CHI Advisory Board.

Martin L. Garnar

Martin L. Garnar

Director of the Library

For me, being a good librarian means being curious about everything, including the intersections between scholarship and public life. I am keen to promote the library as a gathering space, providing opportunities for students and faculty to explore challenging and difficult ideas and make connections across the disciplines. I am excited about our continuing partnership with the CHI and look forward to expanding the ways in which we collaborate.

Michael M. Kunichika

Michael M. Kunichika

Associate Professor of Russian; Director of the Amherst Center for Russian Culture

Emily A. Potter-Ndiaye

Emily A. Potter-Ndiaye

Dwight and Kirsten Poler & Andrew W. Mellon Head of Education and Curator of Academic Programs

As a museum educator with experience in art and public history museums, I’m interested in the vital conversations and connections folks make between their present concerns, and the art or history stories on view in shared cultural spaces. In museums, we work with the premise that by exploring and discussing art and artifact we can re-vision our present and future, and there is a power in that imagination, one that connects to social issues. By doing that thinking and imagining in public, with other people we didn’t carefully select to be in our networks—on a group tour, or at a public program—we can cultivate and tap into an openness to listening to other points of view. The CHI is special place that does this kind of work with new scholarship, crossing disciplinary boundaries in interesting ways, and coming at important questions about humanity, equity, justice, and narrative. I’m excited to work with the CHI to hone in on the questions that need answers, and connect CHI programs with the other arts and humanities work in museums and cultural organizations around Amherst.

Austin D. Sarat

Austin D. Sarat

William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science; Associate Provost and Associate Dean of the Faculty

In a relatively short time CHI has established itself as a hub for intellectual activity on the campus. From its program of visiting fellows organized around a theme to its weekly salons to its support for faculty/staff seminars, CHI does a wonderful job of bringing the Amherst community together. By serving on the Advisory Board I hope to support the important work that CHI does. I also hope to help CHI forge connections to the social sciences on campus and to other centers both in the United States and abroad. I also want to help promote public humanities activity and connect the work of the humanities to social, cultural, and political issues in the world beyond the academy. As articulated in the proposal that led to CHI’s creation, the so called crisis in the humanities affords an opportunity to continue to think about the future of the humanities at Amherst, “to foster the development of the next generation of humanities scholars for the liberal arts, nourish innovative scholarship and creative work, promote experimentation among scholars using various modes of humanistic inquiry” and to showcase the important work done under the banner of humanistic inquiry.

Jane H. Wald

Jane H. Wald

Executive Director of the Emily Dickinson Museum.

The Center for Humanistic Inquiry is an extraordinary example of bringing different perspectives in humanistic thinking to a shared intellectual landscape and I’m pleased to be a member of the advisory board supporting this mission. I am particularly intrigued by the current themes of home and homelessness and their weighted meanings and implications across cultures. As director of the Emily Dickinson Museum, I find these themes resonating deeply in Dickinson’s identity and poetry. The broad dimensions of CHI’s two-year exploration of home will tremendously expand our engagement with a concept that is at the core of our understandings of ourselves and others on this planet.

Amelia Worsley

Amelia Worsley

Assistant Professor of English

During my time at Amherst, my research has become increasingly interdisciplinary. As someone who grew up in a different educational system, I appreciate the opportunities for close contact with other departments--and continued education--that teaching at a liberal arts college allows. I am glad to support the CHI in its mission to provide space for this kind of expansive thinking. When the CHI opened, I was able to witness what a transformative effect the new center had on both the intellectual life on campus and on cohesion amongst faculty, especially those who had recently joined the College. It's an honor, therefore, to join the advisory board at this moment, amidst a changing world, when the CHI's vital role as a place of community and as a place to break down social distances has become even more central.

Karamatou A. Yacoubou Djima

Karamatou A. Yacoubou Djima

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

The Center for Humanistic Inquiry weekly salons have been some of the highlights of my past few years in Amherst. I am an applied mathematician who has always been interested in the humanities. Hence, I reveled in the diversity of topics presented by the impressive fellows and other guests, and the ability to gain insights into the interconnections between humanities disciplines. I profoundly value the focus on interdisciplinarity as my research area, Applied Harmonic Analysis, was born from fruitful mathematics and physics interactions. I am grateful to serve on the CHI Advisory Board to help with the mission to create a vibrant, collaborative space for the humanities at Amherst and beyond. It is also my great hope to reinforce connections with STEM fields as the past few years have demonstrated the urgent need to put humans at the center of science and technology.