CNY Humanities Corridor

The Central New York Humanities Corridor is a unique regional collaboration between Syracuse University, Cornell University, University of Rochester, Le Moyne College, and Schools of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium: Colgate University, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Skidmore College, St. Lawrence University, Union College. In 2014, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a total of $3.55 million to the Central New York Humanities Corridor, permanently endowing the Corridor at each of its three founding institutions. 

The Corridor is designed to enhance the profile, scholarly prominence, and impact of interdisciplinary humanities in Central New York; advance individual and collaborative teaching, research, and public engagement in the humanities; increase connectivity and collaboration among academic humanists throughout the region; foster cross-institutional partnerships and resource-sharing mechanisms in emerging and established scholarly fields; and enhance the productivity of its key scholars, students, and community members.

Each year more than 3,500 faculty, students, and community members participate in upwards of 200 Corridor-sponsored activities. Cornell faculty and students traveling to other institutions to participate in Corridor activities may be eligible for travel expense reimbursement.

Cornell community members with questions about the Corridor should contact Julie McLean (, Program Manager of the Society for the Humanities.

Rural Humanities

Rural Humanities is an Andrew W. Mellon supported initiative in public and engaged humanities that uses the tools of the humanities to critically approach, learn from, make visible, and support the realities of rural America, particularly in Central-Western New York: its histories, cultures, challenges, and futures.

Rural Humanities aim to organize and coordinate the already existing Cornell faculty engagement, teaching, and research around “rural humanities” and forming them into a visible program that reaches from the community to the classroom and the conference room.

The initiative will help train the next generation of humanists in methods of public and engaged humanities research that will inform careers both inside and outside the academy, bringing vital humanistic methods to bear on the pressing question of contemporary America in a global context.


The Consortium of Humanities Centers & Institutes serves a site for the discussion of issues germane to the fostering of crossdisciplinary activity and as a network for the circulation of information and sharing of resources between over 150 humanities centers and institutes from around the globe. The Society for the Humanities is a member institution and the Society's director, Paul Fleming, sits on CHCI's Advisory Board.


The Society for the Humanities participates in the HASTAC consortium of humanists, artists, scientists, and engineers from leading researchers and nonprofit research institutions. HASTAC is committed to new forms of collaboration across communities and disciplines fostered by creative uses of technology. Its primary members are universities, supercomputing centers, grid and teragrid associations, humanities institutes, museums, libraries, and other civic institutions. Since 2003, it has been developing tools for multimedia archiving and social interactions, gaming environments for teaching, innovative educational programs in information science and information studies, virtual museums, and other digital projects.


The National Humanities Alliance (NHA) is a nationwide coalition of organizations advocating for the humanities on campuses, in communities, and on Capitol Hill. Cornell University is one of over 200 member organizations, supporting the NHA alongside other colleges, universities, libraries, museums, cultural organizations, state humanities councils, and scholarly, professional, and higher education associations.