The Central New York Humanities Corridor is a unique regional collaboration between:
- Syracuse University
- Cornell University
- University of Rochester
- Schools of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium
- Le Moyne College
- Rochester Institute of Technology
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. The Corridor stands as a pioneering interdisciplinary humanities consortium, spanning Central and Upstate New York in seven selected fields of shared scholarly strengths called Research Clusters:
- Visual Arts and Culture;
- Musicology and Music History;
- Digital Humanities;
- Historical Studies;
- Literature, Language and Culture; and
- Archives and Media.
The Central New York Humanities Corridor further enriches the regional humanities landscape through its sponsorship of:
- Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowships;
- Residencies by Distinguished Visiting Collaborators; and
- Support for faculty and student intra-Corridor travel to activities on other campuses.
The Central New York Humanities Corridor is supported from an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a private, not-for-profit corporation based in New York City, regularly makes grants that support a wide range of initiatives to strengthen selective research universities in the United States, with particular emphasis on the humanities and “humanistic” social sciences. The foundation’s interests in this area include—but are not limited to—doctoral education, postdoctoral fellowships, faculty research support and discipline-related projects.
Humanities centers have become nimble collaborators …One of the most successful such collaborations is the Central New York Humanities Corridor, launched with Mellon Funds in 2006, that links humanities centers and faculty at Cornell and Syracuse Universities, the University of Rochester, and the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium representing Colgate and St. Lawrence Universities and Hamilton, Hobart and William Smith, Skidmore, and Union Colleges. -Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 2014 Annual Report: President’s Report
The humanities are the cornerstone of a liberal arts education, teaching us to think critically, to solve problems, and to communicate effectively. Since its founding in 2006, The Central New York Humanities Corridor has shaped a scholarly community, freed from disciplinary and departmental silos, playing a strategic regional role linking scholars across New York State. While no single faculty body can cover all the areas of specialization that figure into the fields of philosophy, linguistics, art, musicology, and literature, The Corridor leverages existing programmatic and institutional strengths to cultivate new synergies between its campuses. The Corridor’s programs permit scholars at one institution to work alongside colleagues with complementary interests at any of its affiliated schools. Through these connections between larger research universities and smaller liberal arts colleges, The Corridor impacts a broad swath of Upstate and Central New York, facilitating the scholarship and professional development of its faculty and students.
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. By the end of 2017, each institution had matched the Mellon awards bringing the total Corridor endowment up to $6.5 million with:
- $4 million at Syracuse University;
- $1.5 million at Cornell University; and
- $1 million at University of Rochester.
This endowment will support in perpetuity the Corridor’s mission of increasing both connectivity and collaboration and fostering cross-institutional partnerships.
- Syracuse University News Release
- Cornell University News Release
- University of Rochester News Release
- Inside Philanthropy: “What Does Mellon’s Big Vision for the Humanities Look Like?”