Dresher Center Mission

Mission Statement

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 D.C. region, and beyond.

What We Do

We foster creative thinking about the role of the humanities in civic life and illuminate its value to our increasingly interconnected world.

We showcase the best the humanities offer today and nurture a generation of humanities thinkers for the future.

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

We build partnerships that engage communities in addressing issues of equity, inclusion, and justice through the tools of the humanities.


The Dresher Center for the Humanities is named in honor of James T. and Virginia M. Dresher, whose shared interest in creating a better society was demonstrated through their commitment to education and enrichment. Click here to learn more about the Dreshers.