IPRH History

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities was established in 1997 to promote interdisciplinary study in the humanities, arts, and social sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In that time, IPRH has hosted conferences; organized panel discussions, lectures, and other events; awarded event grants, research prizes, and fellowships; supported reading groups and public humanities outreach groups such as the Odyssey Project and the Education Justice Project; and co-sponsored numerous events involving a wide range of campus units and departments. In the past, IPRH has also run art exhibits and film series, as well as organized Curtain Call discussions following performances at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, gallery tours and conversations at the Krannert Art Museum, and performances by artists from the University of Illinois and elsewhere.

Antoinette Burton is the current interim IPRH Director. She follows in the footsteps of Dianne Harris (2007–2015), Matti Bunzl (2003–2007), Suvir Kaul (2001–2002) and Michael Bérubé (1997–2001).

Learn more about IPRH’s past campus fellows, past post-doctoral fellows, event grant winners, and research prize winners.  You can also view a list, including links to videos and podcasts when available, of past events at our event archive.

IPRH Directors

Antoinette Burton

IPRH Directors

Dianne Harris

IPRH Directors

Matti Bunzl

IPRH Directors

Suvir Kaul

IPRH Directors

Michael Bérubé