Academics and Related Humanities Programs

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  • an agent of regional understanding, through its research, education, and public programs;
  • a clearinghouse, through mechanisms for exchanging regional research and program ideas;
  • a facilitator, through support services that enhance the work of other organizations and preserve their resources.

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The CRHC at Ohio University aims to create lifelong audiences for the humanities in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia, and to serve students, teachers, scholars, and the general public. In exploring human experiences in our region, we seek to understand literature and history, popular and material culture in local and regional communities, institutions, and organizations. We see region as a physical fact of life whose political and cultural dimensions find expression in (and are likewise shaped by) language, literature, history, philosophy, religion, music, art, architecture, landscape, folklife, and mass media. The Center's inventory of regional humanities programs, organizations, and collections, created through partnerships with regional institutions and groups and through its own efforts, provides public access to these cultural resources. The Center acts as a clearinghouse, linking resources with audiences who seek to enjoy, study, interpret, and preserve them.


Implementation funds received from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2001 allow the Center to advance regional humanities study through educational programming, professional consultation, and public outreach. Our online "roundtables" and other special meetings draw small, local organizations and under-represented publics into planning and programming. Center programs will support scholars and practitioners as they create new knowledge about the region's writing and folklife, history and social practices, local values and cultural expressions, taking as a given the diversity of rural and urban communities stretching from Appalachia to the Upper Peninsula. Together with its partners across the Central Region, the Center provides for the communication of that knowledge--orally and in print, as well as through video, radio, CD-ROM, online, and other emerging formats. Our audiences begin in the region's communities, but extend to scholars across the nation and publics around the world.

As a clearinghouse, the Center respects and advances work already begun by existing organizations, while fostering new collaborations within and across the five states. While some programs will originate at Ohio University, others will begin elsewhere in the region. Organizations from across the region are represented in our collaborative planning process, and we welcome new participants and their ideas at any time.

In planning the Center, we reached out across the region last year to identify existing organizations and humanities programs with a regional focus. Funding from the NEH made this planning possible with supplemental grants from the Ohio University Foundation, the Office of the Provost, the College of Communication, and the Vice-President for Research. More than 500 individuals have contributed ideas for the Center through online discussions via the CRHC Web Crossing site and face to face at regional and national conferences. Reports of individual roundtables and task forces on which the implementation proposal is based are posted in the Pavilion section of the CRHC Web Crossing site. New ideas and participants are always welcome.


If you have suggestions for how the Center could serve the region or wish to participate in the Center's activities, please contact Diana Glaizer, Adminstrative Associate CRHC, Ohio University, 203 Technology and Enterprise Building 20, The Ridges, Athens, Ohio 45701-2979, (740) 593-4602; or send an e-mail to Kindly send us your e-mail address to receive updates and our electronic newsletter...and welcome to the Center!

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