Supported by a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Colby College is developing a campus-wide, multidisciplinary initiative in environmental humanities. Faculty and students alike will be empowered to apply artistic, cultural, ethical, historical, and literary perspectives in a collective exploration of pressing questions concerning the environment.

The environmental humanities initiative builds upon key strengths of the College fostered by previous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which has supported Colby’s Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Environmental Studies Program, and the Colby College Museum of Art. Colby scholars — both scientists and humanists — will collaborate on innovative solutions to global environmental challenges, connecting the liberal arts to the world. Through this holistic approach, the college will prepare students to join the next generation of leaders tackling global environmental questions.