Hello and welcome to the Center for Humanities and the Arts (CHA),

CHA attempts to do for the humanities and arts what our splendid research institutes are doing for the sciences: support faculty in new research, create collaborations across departments, incubate new forms of graduate teaching and training, and reach out to the community beyond the campus.

The center holds a yearly competition for a teaching-free semester for tenure-track and tenured faculty. Our various distinguished visitor series bring prominent humanists and artists to campus for public lectures, workshops, and to meet with graduate students and faculty. In addition, we support interdisciplinary initiatives on an ad-hoc basis, and co-sponsor events in departments all across the Boulder campus.

CHA seeks to leverage the high quality of our faculty to recruit and retain the most promising graduate students in the humanities and arts. Joint recruitment events, support for graduate student-led speaker series, dissertation and professionalization workshops, and the development of trans-departmental seminars create an environment of scholarly curiosity and mutual intellectual appreciation.

A great public university like CU-Boulder is sustained by the support of the people of Colorado and beyond. The humanities and the arts have a special role to play in our attempt to reach out to our constituency, for they are not only the objects of scholar study and practice on campus, but also shape our common reservoir of ideas, experiences, and aspirations. With the help of its distinguished Advisory Board, CHA seeks to organize events in which faculty, students, and the community can exchange ideas and learn from one another.

The Center for Humanities and the Arts at the University of Colorado Boulder belongs to the communities it serves. I invite all of you – faculty, students, and members of the public – to visit us in beautiful Macky Auditorium and to bring us your ideas.

Helmut Müller-Sievers, Director