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"Whose Global Humanities?"

2010 Annual Meeting
Consortium of Humanities Centers
and Institutes (CHCI)

June 13 - 15, 2010

On June 13, 2010 the Cogut Center will welcome 125+ members of CHCI from 23 countries to Brown campus to the three-day 2010 Annual Membership Conference. The Cogut Center at Brown, a relatively new member of CHCI, was chosen as the venue for the 2010 meeting, joining past hosts from Humanities Centers at the Universities of Edinburgh, Berkeley, Utrecht, Chicago, Stanford and Harvard.

The Cogut Center welcomes members from partner institutions Instituto Empresa (IE) Madrid and Nanjing University, as well as representatives from the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) to join CHCI members at various lectures and panel discussions.

Distinguished speakers include the Honorable James Leach, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Bonnie Reiss, Secretary of Education for California; and Mieke Bal, cultural theorist and filmmaker. A list of the entire schedule of events for this membership-only conference is available here.

Established in 1988, CHCI serves as an arena for the discussion of issues germane to cross-disciplinary activity in the humanities and as a network for the circulation of information and best practices related to the organizational and management dimensions of humanities centers and institutes. CHCI currently has a membership of 154 organizations in the US, Europe, Asia, and Pacific Rim. CHCI produces a major Annual Meeting of its membership, maintains a content-rich website, produces an annual print directory, and serves as a re-circulator for information about its members via listservs and its website. Members of the Consortium also assist one another with ideas, evaluation, and other forms of service.

In 2007, CHCI operations moved to the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University, under the leadership of current CHCI President Srinivas Aravamudan. Since moving to Duke, CHCI has begun developing programs for the membership, such as a partnership with the American Council of Learned Societies, and other initiatives now in progress, including further internationalization. Significantly, the CHCI membership continues to grow and to become truly international in scope.