Thanks to a generous three-year grant from the Teagle Foundation, the Center now is home to The One and the Many at BU, a humanities-based summer program for local high school students.

Summer 2022

We are happy to announce that in summer 2022, the program will be residential on BU’s Charles River campus. The dates are Sunday, July 3rd, through Friday, July 15th.


Sunday, July 3rd — Lunch and Orientation with the whole staff
Monday, July 4th — All day field trip in Boston led by residential advisors
Tuesday, July 5th — Classes start*
Friday, July 15th — Final evening banquet for students, friends, and families

*Please note that the program includes the weekend of July 9th & 10th. Below is a sample “day in the life” schedule:

sample O&M Summer Schedule


We are delighted to announce that all faculty from summer 2021 will be returning:

Paula Austin (Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies)
Marisa Milanese (Master Lecturer in the College of Arts & Sciences Writing Program)
James Uden (Associate Professor of Classical Studies)

Living on BU’s Campus

Students will live on campus at 1019 Commonwealth Avenue under the supervision of the residential life coordinator and the mentor director. The One and the Many will provide students with passes for their meals to BU dining halls and also passes for the Fitness and Recreation Center (FitRec), just a block away from their dorm. Students will also have access to the BU Libraries and other resources on campus.

Read here to find out about BU’s most recent Pre-College COVID-19 policies.

Summer 2022 faculty and staff are listed here. Further information for parents and students about the summer 2022 program can be found here.

Summer 2021

Our 2021 curriculum, Social Movements and Social Change, brought students from the Boston area together with BU faculty to learn about the history and maintenance of civic life and democracy. The daily seminars and tutorials drew on literary texts, films, music, political writings, historical documents, visual art, and other cultural works.

Because O&M at BU is designed to foster college readiness, community participation, and social engagement, a varied sequence of afternoon and evening events complemented the academic curriculum: a speaker series about the college process; an array of recreational activities; evening film screenings; and our Food Justice workshop series.

BU Today published a compelling account of summer 2021.

The BU Center for the Humanities is proud to partner with Boston Summer Search and the Teagle Foundation on O&M at BU. The summer 2021 students were all participating members of Boston Summer Search’s program.

Application Form

The application deadline for summer 2022 has passed. Check back here for information about summer 2023 in fall 2022.