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The mission of the Institute for Human Science and Culture is to become Akron’s humanities center by:

  • Promoting the exploration and appreciation of the widespread human experience, both local and global, through the activation of museum collections
  • Enriching the UA student experience with arts and culture experiences, speakers, exhibitions, and programs
  • Facilitating engagement and connections among UA departments to discover new and creative ways to nurture learning
  • Connecting UA and Akron communities to learn from each other through arts and culture, expertise and experience, and hands-on teaching and learning.


Hands-on humanities on the corner of campus and community.

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  • Embrace local arts, culture, and knowledge while reflecting on the broad human experience
  • Encourage connections between students, faculty, staff, and Akron community partners
  • Facilitate teaching and learning through hands-on experiences of our collections in our spaces
  • Develop career-focused experience, opportunities, and networks