Thomas Cole, The Architect’s Dream, Toledo Museum of Art (Ohio)


are a sort of hawking and hunting, wherein the very pursuit makes a great part of the pleasure. Every step the mind takes in its progress towards Knowledge makes some discovery, which is not only new, but the best too, for the time at least.

—John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

About us

BUCH Mission Statement

The Boston University Center for the Humanities works to promote and enhance the work of humanities scholars at Boston University. We grant research fellowships to junior and senior faculty, enabling them to complete scholarly projects. We bring distinguished scholars to Boston to participate in departmental and interdisciplinary programs including seminars, lecture series, exhibitions, and performances. We fund special library acquisitions, cover costs associated with publications, and award prizes to outstanding undergraduates and graduate students. In practice and in theory, we define the humanities not as a finite list of departments, but as an expansive and flexible mode of inquiry, and we welcome faculty and students from many departments and colleges who share a common interest in issues of interpretation and value.