Amherst College is among a group of colleges and universities forming the New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC), which will focus on programming in such fields as history, language, art, literature, and philosophy.
“The Northeast is a worldwide center for research in the humanities, and this consortium will allow us to do something genuinely new – to embark on initiatives that no single institution could accomplish on its own,” said Michael Lynch, director of the University of Connecticut’s Humanities Institute.
According to the article released by UConn, the university is leading the new collaboration of colleges, with the support of a $100,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Besides Amherst and UConn, the consortium also includes, Colby College, Dartmouth College, Northeastern University, Tufts University, University of New Hampshire, University of Rhode Island, University of Vermont, Wellesley College, and Wheaton College.
“Two pilot projects are now planned. The first includes the formation of a working group to aid in supporting, mentoring, and creating research collaborations for faculty of color in New England,” UConn Today wrote. “The second is a lecture series, ‘Time’s Up: What Now?’ that will move between students, faculty, and speakers across three campuses to serve as a model for future joint speaker and faculty events.”