The Humanities Institute at the University of Montana

Welcome to the Humanities Institute at the University of Montana

The Humanities Institute signals the University of Montana’s historic commitment to teaching and scholarship in the humanities. The Institute supports individual and collaborative humanistic research across all disciplines, departments and programs at the University of Montana. Led by faculty and structured to benefit student and faculty research, the Humanities Institute brings new and exciting research opportunities to students and faculty studying the humanities at UM. Please visit the About section of this website for more information about the Humanities Institute at the University of Montana.

Award Winners

The Humanities Institute is pleased to announce the following award winners:

The Richard Drake Writing Award for Student Essays in the Humanities

Spring 2018 Award winners:

Undergraduate Student Winner: Ryan Garnsey, "Dostoyevsky: Definite Circumstances and the Character of an Individual"

Graduate Student Winner: Dwight Curtis, “The Play Within the Play: Eschaton, Hamlet, and 'Theater-Boundaries' in Infinite Jest”

Summerfield Baldridge Book Subvention Grant for Humanities Publications

2018 Baldridge Grant recipient:

Professor Anya Jabour, Department of History: Sophonisba Breckinridge and Women's Activism in Modern America (University of Illinois Press: forthcoming).

2017 Baldridge Grant recipient:

Associate Professor Jody Pavilack, Department of History: Mining for the Nation: The Politics of Chile’s Coal Communities from the Popular Front to the Cold War (Penn State, 2011; Spanish translation: forthcoming).

2018-2019 UM Faculty Research Projects supported by the Humanities Institute


UM campus in late spring

A Special thanks to Lawrence Pettit

The Humanities Institute and the College of Humanities and Sciences express their deepest gratitude to Lawrence Pettit, whose generous gift has supported the Humanities Institute through its successful founding year.

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Upcoming UMHI Lectures

“Wildness and the Anthropocene: Notes from Montana"

Christopher Preston

Professor, Department of Philosophy

Wednesday, February 14, 4-5 pm

"James Boswell in Siena: A Presentation, with Digressions and Interruptions"

John Eglin

Professor, Department of History

Wednesday, May 2, 4-5 pm

Location: Dell Brown Room, Turner Hall These lectures will be free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.