The New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC) promotes intellectual collaboration, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovative educational programming for faculty, students, and the regional, national, and global communities they serve.

The founding institutions include Amherst College, Colby College, Dartmouth College, Northeastern University, Tufts University, University of Connecticut, University of New Hampshire, University of Rhode Island, University of Vermont, Wellesley College, and Wheaton College. NEHC has grown since its creation, welcoming Brown University, Middlebury College, and Smith College in 2020, and Brandeis University, Fairfield University, and Wesleyan University in 2022.

The NEHC was established in 2018 by the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute with the support of a $100,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the participating institutions. The Mellon grant supported initial pilot programing and assists in the development of administrative practices as well as future projects in fields such as history, literature and philosophy.
The Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities in Waterville, Maine is the executive and administrative hub of the NEHC. Kerill O'Neil, Special Assistant to the Provost for Humanities Initiatives and Julian D. Taylor Professor of Classics, serves as the Consortium’s executive director.

Grants & Awards

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Northeastern University Library Receives Mellon Foundation Grant to Collect a Digital History of Boston

The Boston Research Center of the Northeastern University Library is the recipient of a $650,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund its collaborative project to collect its Boston's historical artifacts and share the city's digital history with its residents. Collaborators of this project include the Boston Public Library, and the Massachusetts Historical Society. According to News@Northeastern, the Boston Research Center, itself launched laster year with the support of the Mellon Foundation, “leverages Northeastern’s expertise at the cross-section of data-driven disciplines, including journalism, network science, and the digital humanities, and will draw on unique archival resources and data sets.”

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UCHI Awarded Luce Foundation Grant for “Seeing Truth” Exhibits

The University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI) is proud to be the recipient of a $275,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support the programming of an exhibition entitled “Seeing Truth: Art, Science, and Making Knowledge (1750-2023).” This exhibition will be presented at the William Benton Museum of Art during the 2023 academic year in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History. UConn President Thomas C. Katsouleas made the announcement at the reception marking the 19th season of UCHI’s fellowships. The grant, whose principle investigator is UCHI Director of Academic Affairs, Alexis Boylan, will bring together various scientific, cultural, and educational artifacts to challenge our notions and ideas of what counts as a “scientific” object or a work of “art.” Seeing Truth is one part of UCHI’s larger upcoming initiative entitled The Future of Truth. To learn more about Seeing Truth, visit a UConn Today article on the grant. 

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Liza Weinstein at Northeastern Recipient of an NEH Grant

Dr. Liza Weinstein at Northeastern University is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for a project entitled “Engaging Geography in the Humanities.” The funds will support a three-week institute for 25 college and university faculty on geography and the humanities. Weinstein is currently the Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern.


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