HUGEmanities: The Big Idea

Why the humanities?

The HUGEmanties Project is a unique groups of initiatives designed to increase the visibility of the humanties in the state of New Hampshire and at UNH. In conjunction with the New Hampshire Humanities Collaborative and funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, HUGEmanities celebrates and reveals how the humanities contribute to research, innovation, society, and industry. Our first suite of initiatives provided the opportunity to recognize digital work by UNH students and the UNH College of Liberal Arts (COLA) courses. 

Learn more about the HUGEmanities initiatives and opportunities in this podcast!









On June 23rd, Krista and Molly were on All In With Pauline Hawkins, WSCA Radio. Learn

more about HUGEmanities and the conversation surrounding the humanities here!

All In With Pauline Hawkins: Krista Jackman, Molly Campbell and the HUGEmanities Project

Krista Jackman & Molly Campbell









The HUGEmanities Project has just completed two exciting initiatives. The Big Contest recognizes and showcase the incredible work of students in humanities courses, through awards, and also by showcasing winning digital projects on The New Hampshire Humanities Collaborative website. The HUGEmanities Project also also offered a valuable apprenticeship opportunity called The Digital Projects Institute, where students developed and extended their writing, thinking and digital production skills through in a unique digital apprenticeship.


Check in later this summer for the next HUGEmanities initiative, TinyTalks! The TinyTalk initiative is a series of interviews that will be conducted by Molly Campbell and Krista Jackman. Tiny Talks are designed to explore the BIG question every college students faces early in their education, namely, What can I do with this degree?! Molly and Krista will interview a variety of professionals who started with a degree in the humanities. They will explore the paths these professionals have traveled, starting with their liberal arts degree, and then focusing on the decision making, professional development, and the specific jobs that led each person to her or his current profession. 

Still not sure what the Humanities are or how they fit into the world today?  Here's a brief introduction:

Humanities based knowledge provides a backdrop for exploring and understanding the human experience.  Consider these points from this amazing infographic from

  • The humanities help us understand others through their languages, histories and cultures.
  • The humanties foster social justice and equality.
  • They reveal how people have tried to make moral, spiritual and intellectual sense of the world.
  • And they teach empathy.
  • The Humanities teach us to deal critically and logically with subjective, complex, imperfect information.
  • They teach us to weigh evidence skeptically and consider more than one side of every question.
  • Humanities students build skills in writing and critical reading and are getting hired in the fastest growing sectors of the economy.
  • The humanities encourage us to think creatively and teach us how to reason about being human and asking questions about our world.
  • The humanities develop informed and critical citizens. Without the humanities, democracy could not flourish.

HUGEmanities Initiatives: Spring of 2019

The Big Contest Flyer       Digital Project Institute Flyer


*Terras, M., Priego, E., Liu, A., Rockwell, G., Sinclair, S., Hensler, C., and Thomas, L. (2013). “The Humanities Matter!” Infographic,