Highlights: College of Humanities
Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building Completed
This 52,000 square foot building is named in honor of the Right Reverend Carolyn Tanner Irish, one of only two buildings on campus named for a woman. It now houses the departments of Philosophy and History, the Atiya International Programs Center and the Tanner Humanities Center, as well as an impressive art collection of Utah artists.
This center, the first of its kind in the country, was made possible by a donation from John and Melody Taft, and Bill and Sandi Nicholson, who together restored and recently gifted the Center facilities (located in Centennial Valley, Montana) to the U, inclusive of 16 acres of land adjacent to the Red Rock Lakes Wildlife Refuge The Center now includes facilities for housing, educational conferences and retreats, and is a lively and robust gathering place for students taking for-credit courses, and for community members who participate in a series of unique and powerful workshops and educational classes.
Programs & Centers launched during the campaign through private donor and foundation support:
- Asia Center now a Title VI National Resource Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, this Center serves as a hub for Asia-related activities at the University, including teaching, research and community outreach. Established in 2006, the Center was initially funded through private donations and grants from agencies such as US Department of Education, US State Department, Luce Foundation, Korea Foundation, and the Japan Foundation.
- Center for Latin American Studies Established in 2013, this Center builds on the University's tradition of excellence in Latin American Studies. The program boasts an unusual emphasis on Brazil, and will soon benefit from an endowed chair in Brazilian Studies.
- L2TReC (Second Language Teaching and Research Center) This powerful language teaching and research center was established in 2012 with private and public foundation support. The Center profiles the university's unique strengths in foreign language education, coordinates with Utah State Office of Education foreign language initiatives, and provides a focal point for research in Second Language Acquisition. It works collaboratively on campus, with institutions of higher education around the state, and with K-12 via the USOE.
- Environmental Humanities Graduate program The first program of its kind in the country, the University's Environmental Humanities graduate program, established in 2004, has been modeled nationally by prestigious universities. The program offers a two-year degree designed to accommodate interdisciplinary demand and interest in a humanities perspective on environmental areas of scholarship.
The College of Humanities currently funds over 70 separate scholarships and awards each year. This includes 23 new scholarship awards added over the course of the capitol campaign.