The James T. and Virginia M. Dresher Center for the Humanities supports and promotes research into the historical, cultural, and social dimensions of the human experience at UMBC, in the Baltimore-Washington region, and beyond.

We encourage intellectual exchange and cultivate interdisciplinary and collaborative scholarship among UMBC faculty and students.

Dresher faculty

We nurture a generation of humanities thinkers for the future.

humanities scholars

Public Humanities Minor
We build partnerships that engage communities in addressing issues of equity, inclusion, and justice with the tools of the humanities.

Baltimore Stories

We showcase the best the humanities offer today and foster creative thinking about the role of the humanities in civic life within our globally interconnected world.

Humanities Forum



Land Acknowledgement: UMBC was established upon the land of the Piscataway Conoy and Susquehannock peoples. Over time, citizens of many more indigenous nations have come to reside in this region. We humbly offer our respects to all past, present, and future indigenous people connected to this place. While we recognize the importance of acknowledging those who came before us, we also know that truth-telling is only a small gesture, and we must take action towards the necessary work of repair.