Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) Mission
Binghamton University, with its beginnings in Harpur College, is known for its commitment to the liberal arts. The study of the humanities, broadly understood to include studies in traditional humanities disciplines and of topics relevant to the humanities more generally, is among the constitutive elements of a liberal arts education. Due to the kind of research that is pursued in the liberal arts in general and the humanities in particular, the humanities are uniquely qualified to address some of the growing needs for complex and critical thinking. Humanities faculty in Harpur College and across the University produce influential scholarship that makes significant contributions to a variety of disciplines and interdisciplinary areas. Fresh scholarship and a robust exchange of ideas keep the humanities vibrant and help faculty convey to both undergraduate and graduate students the power of the humanities. The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) stimulates and sustains scholarship in the humanities and helps support humanities research, teaching, and programming. The mission of IASH is to promote and publicize original and collaborative study of ideas in culture and society and IASH facilitates research in the humanities and about topics relevant to the humanities, a conversation that crosses academic disciplines and deepens their synergies, as well as the development of teaching innovations. IASH serves the university and the community with lectures, symposia, fellowships, and an expanding range of programs and research projects designed to inspire the cross-pollination of ideas, encourage emerging knowledges and ways of knowing, and spark meaningful campus-community engagement.