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As the state’s flagship land-grant public university, UVM practices “engaged humanities.” Our Humanities Center is a vital part of the fabric of UVM and the intellectual life of our community. Our goal is to establish a coordinated approach to bringing fundamental issues in the humanities beyond campus to the people of Vermont and assume a leadership role in the ongoing discussions that impact Vermonters and our nation.

Recently revitalized, the Humanities Center is at an exciting juncture in its history. With your support of this campaign, we will capitalize on this momentum and solidify the Humanities Center as a valuable and enduring resource for our campus, community and state. Join us.

Endowed Directorship: $3.3 million

With renewed support from university administrators, an imminent move to a restored and historic building on campus, and the goodwill and enthusiasm of colleagues for the center’s activities, the Humanities Center is poised for change. To capitalize on this momentum, we seek support to create an endowed director’s position. Such a named position would communicate the prestige of the center and demonstrate the university’s ongoing commitment to the humanities. 

Faculty Fellows: $1.3 million

Through the campaign, we want to create a fund that will allow us to appoint five faculty fellows annually from among our top humanities and arts scholars. These year-long appointments will give our talented faculty time to develop and delve into topics of interest. Fellows will conduct collaborative research on the annual theme of the center, have office space on site and participate in the center’s activities. 

Distinguished Visiting Faculty Fellows: $1.3 million

We hope to provide stipends to attract three distinguished visiting fellows each year to UVM. Visiting fellows will be a regular presence at the Humanities Center and at events planned throughout the state, thus fostering collaborative research opportunities with UVM faculty members and students as well as engaging in community projects. Fellows will conduct colloquia and workshops, teach courses and offer reading groups, and visit Vermont communities.

Student Fellowships: $1.3 million

The Humanities Center offers exceptional opportunities for students to acquire, apply and extend their knowledge of the humanities and the arts. Through the campaign, we want to support this scholarship by creating a permanent fund to seed student research and community engagement activities. This endowment will allow us to award up to eight students — a mix of undergraduates and graduates — with fellowships to undertake original projects.

Enhancing Programs: $1 million

The campaign provides an ideal opportunity to solidify and strengthen the Humanities Center’s recent turn toward engaged humanities. A program endowment, for example, could help us establish a public humanities lecture series, launch a community research partnership program, or sustain and expand the Mayor’s Book Group, one of our most successful and lively offerings.