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. The NEHC was established in 2018 with the support of a $100,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Mellon Foundation’s mission is to strengthen, promote and defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies.
The Mellon grant will support initial pilot programing and assist in the development of administrative practices as well as future projects in fields such as history, literature and philosophy. Michael Lynch, director of the UConn’s Humanities Institute (UCHI), serves as the consortium’s first executive director, with its associate director, Alexis Boylan, taking the lead in directing grant-funded activities.