Institute for the Humanities


The Institute for the Humanities is a center for innovative, collaborative study in the humanities and arts. Each year we provide fellowships for Michigan faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars who work on interdisciplinary projects. We also offer a wide array of public and scholarly events, including weekly brown bag talks, public lectures, conferences, art exhibits, and performances.

Our mission is to serve as a national and international centerpiece for scholarly research in the humanities and creative work in the arts at the University of Michigan. We exist to deepen synergies between the humanities, the arts and other regions of the university, to carry forward the heritage of the humanities, and to bring the voices of the humanities to public life.

Year of Life Writing Theme Year:

2014-15 is the Year of Life Writing at the Institute for the Humanities. Through our programming and events, we explore the diverse genres, media and politics of life storytelling. Highlights include:

  • Exhibitions
  • Performances
  • Lectures
  • Poetry Readings
  • Author’s Forums