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Axinn Center for the Humanities

What Can the Humanities Do Today?

Humanistic analysis addresses vital contemporary concerns from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, but it does so in the context of careful interpretation of stories, experiences, cultures, and artifacts from the past. Because humanistic study centrally involves imaginative engagement with other peoples, places, and times, it builds the capacity to participate in empathetic and inclusive dialogue as well as honing core academic skills of critical thinking, confident oral presentation, and effective writing.

Why Middlebury?

The Center for Humanities at Middlebury draws on a unique range of academic resources both on and off campus to support these vital areas of Humanistic inquiry and exploration. Middlebury’s libraries, the Digital Liberal Arts Initiative, and the Middlebury College Museum of Art, all help to generate dynamic interdisciplinary opportunities for research. In addition, the Center encourages a globally oriented approach to Humanistic study through the range of Middlebury partners outside the main campus, including the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury’s network of Schools Abroad, the Middlebury Language Schools, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and Middlebury-CMRS Oxford Humanities Program in the UK. As part of its core mission, the Center actively promotes faculty and student research through lecture series and research seminars. Drawing on the depth and breadth of Middlebury’s Humanities offerings at home and abroad, the Center works to support and create programming that promotes the vital importance of the Humanities for building pathways to global citizenship and community. Within its own broader community in Addison County, The Center for Humanities at Middlebury also encourages student and faculty engagement with community members through its Public Humanities projects.

What’s Next for Students?

Graduates from Humanities departments and programs leave Middlebury with excellent writing, reading, speaking, and critical thinking skills, with global historical and cultural awareness, and with extensive research skills, often involving primary source materials. Alumni enter a wide range of fields, including journalism, medicine, finance, business, law, museum work, library work, fields related to the arts, publishing, media production, and many others (Alum and CCI).


Co-Director of the Axinn Center for the Humanities
Febe Armanios
Axinn Center at Starr Library Office: 340

Co-Director of the Axinn Center for the Humanities
Marion Wells
Axinn Center at Starr Library Office: 313

Coordinator for the Axinn Center for the Humanities
Mirjam Brett
Mahaney Arts Center
Office: 332