Madrid: July 2008

This week, on July 21st, The Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes extended an official membership invitation to IE’s School of Arts and Humanities.

The Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) serves as a site for the discussion of issues germane to the fostering of cross-disciplinary activity and as a network for the circulation of information and the sharing of resources. It has a membership of over one hundred and fifty centers and institutes that are remarkably diverse in size and scope and are located in the United States, Australia, Canada, Finland, Taiwan, Ireland, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, and other countries. CHCI is an affiliate member with the American Council of Learned Societies.

CHCI includes such prestigious members as the Stanford Humanities Center (Stanford University), the Franke Institute for the Humanities (University of Chicago), the Whitney Humanities Center (Yale University), the Humanities Center in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (Harvard University), The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (University of Cambridge) and The Camargo Foundation (The Jerome Foundation).

The Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, Arantza de Areilza emphasized that "IE´s School of Arts and Humanities is very pleased to be part of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, an organization that shares our interest in the development of international collaboration among the world leading Humanities centers and institutions for the improvement of Humanities education models, research projects and faculty development".

IE’s School of Arts and Humanities, which was officially launched on April 10th 2008, applies IE’s values of innovation, global vision and entrepreneurship to the endlessly rich field of arts and humanities. Its mission outlines how its education and values not only resonate with the most sophisticated current visions of education, but how it will also make IE a key future player in the field of arts and humanities. IE´s School of Arts and Humanities is based on the culture of innovation, as well as on the humanistic values of independence, tolerance, respect for diversity and ethics, and the promotion of the civic values that call upon us to respect and work with our equals, care for the environment and work towards improving society as a whole. The school’s basic pillars are the freedom of inquiry, and the freedom of expression, and these fundamental tenets are underpinned by a culture of academic integrity, ethical conduct and civil debate.

This development reflects not only the pioneering and international aspects of the School’s mission, but also the interest of international community to take part in it.

The website for CHCI is http://www.chcinetwork.org/index.html


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