Darryl Harper

Darryl Harper

Associate Professor of Music; Director of the Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Arms Music Center

As director of the CHI, I oversee the center's general operations and programming. I work with colleagues to support collaborative research projects through our research seminar program. Partnering with departments, programs, and offices across campus, I host and organize events, including the CHI’s weekly salon series. Along with the Advisory Board, I am responsible for recruiting and supporting the research fellows in residence at the center and developing themes for the residencies. I am also the college’s representative to national and international organizations of humanities centers.

Heather Grimes

Heather Grimes

Academic Department Coordinator - Center for Humanistic Inqu iry

I came to the Center for Humanistic Inquiry in 2017. My primary role is to ensure the inner workings of the Center run like clockwork. I oversee the logistics, marketing, and execution of our weekly CHI salons, our annual conference, and other CHI-sponsored programming. I provide every day support for the director and our five CHI fellows. I maintain the CHI Think Tank and Seminar Room, doing my best to keep them functional and aesthetically pleasing. Prior to coming to CHI, I worked in various academic support positions for a number of years at UC Santa Cruz and Mills College in California. I have a degree in Anthropology from UMass and am an avid reader, artist, and lifelong learner outside of work. Please contact me for any and all CHI-related inquiries and for room reservations.