To support this vision and mission we take the following actions:

  • Provide incentives to advance UVM’s institutional commitment to high-quality and impactful humanities and arts scholarship.
  • Identify, create, and expand concrete opportunities, relationships, and initiatives, both on and off campus, for demonstrating the findings and insights of humanities and arts scholarship, and showing how these findings relate to enduring and important issues of human concern.
  • Promote a culture of collaboration and innovation among scholars while recognizing that excellent work in the humanities and arts also emerges out of the wisdom of individuals.


Vision - The humanities and fine arts are a central and vital part of the fabric of University of Vermont and the intellectual life of our community. The Humanities Center will be a hub of activity infused with imagination, critical engagement with the complexity of human experience, and the exploration of enduring questions.

Mission - To be a leader in Vermont and the nation in advocating for and investing in the humanities and fine arts, promoting excellence and innovation in scholarship and pedagogy through research, creativity, interdisciplinary collaborations, and civic engagement. To strengthen the humanities and fine arts on campus and in the broader community by broadcasting the perspectives and practices of humanities and fine arts disciplines and sponsoring inclusive initiatives that generate discussion and critical reflection on important issues in public and intellectual life. To provoke and facilitate opportunities for reciprocal and self-reflexive interventions that bring communities and university-based partners together for study and analysis. To increase understanding of the relevance of the humanities and fine arts in the ongoing construction of a just and democratic society.

The University of Vermont Humanities Center

Location Change

Unstaffed physical location

401 Billings Library
All mailing, communication and inquiries to Ande Tagliamonte

133 South Prospect Street
Wheeler House, Room 201
Burlington, VT 05405
(802) 656-3180

Phone: (802)656-1096
Email: uvmhc@uvm.edu


Milestones in UVM Humanities History

1829 - President James Marsh writes the introductory essay to the American edition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Aids to Reflection.” Marsh’s thoughts have a major impact on the Concord, Massachusetts, circle of Transcendentalist philosophers and writers, including Ralph Waldo Emerson.


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