Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Located at the heart of campus in Frost Library, the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI) provides resources for Amherst faculty, staff, and students to engage a broad vision of the role humanistic thinking can play in scholarly and public life. Each year we invite several fellows into residency at the Center to conduct research and collaborate with each other under the rubric of a resonant theme. The Center also hosts performances, forums, exhibitions, digital interventions, conferences, and workshops designed to foster humanities inquiry.

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Colleagues win New England Humanities Consortium seed grants

Lisa Crossman
Lisa Crossman, Curator of American Art at the Mead Art Museum, is principal investigator of "Curation at a Distance"

More than the sum of its parts

The New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC) announces the winners of competitive seed grants for research initiatives in the humanities that capitalize on the collaborative network of the consortium. Amherst, one of the founding members of the consortium, has several participants in the 2020 round of grants, including Lisa Crossman and David Little ("Curation at a Distance"), Sony Coráñez Bolton ("Shade: Labor Diasporas, Tobacco, Mobility, and the Urban Nexus"), Kristen Luschen ("Journal of a Plague Year"), and Hilary Moss ("Journal of a Plague Year" and "Collaborative Humanistic Inquiry in Nineteenth-Century Britain").

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New Book by CHI Advisory Board Member Jen Manion

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Associate Professor of History Jen Manion

Female Husbands: A Trans History

The history of the female husband is the subject of Associate Professor of History Jen Manion's newest book, Female Husbands: A Trans History (Cambridge University Press, 2020). “Far from being a recent or 21st-century phenomenon, people have chosen to trans gender throughout history,” Manion writes. “Early and mid-19th-century American legal authorities knew that gender could easily be changed … In many cases of female husbands, members of their own community are more understanding and sympathetic towards them. Years, even decades, of being neighbors, friends or coworkers were not instantly undone upon learning about their unconventional gender.”

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Where Are They Now? - Adrianna Link

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Reflections from a former CHI Fellow

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