Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures (IHGC)
University of Virginia

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Jack Chen Associate Professor

Program & Finance Manager

Anne Gilliam


The Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures promotes the mission of the humanities, locally and globally, as a vocation in teaching, a central area of research, and an indispensable civic ideal. Although founded upon the traditional humanistic disciplines, the IHGC locates its audience throughout the liberal arts and sciences, in all domains of reflective and rigorous thought. Within the university it traverses boundaries between undergraduate, graduate and faculty communities, seeking to enhance the social force of intellectual exchange. Through public lectures and activities, humanities research laboratories, fellowships granted from the Mellon Foundation and Buckner W. Clay Endowment, curricular reform in higher and secondary education, and regional and global partnerships, the Institute extends the reach of conversation across generations and intellectual disciplines, and from academic to everyday life.