Institute for Historical Studies Created
IHS to serve as part of UT President William Powers Jr.'s initiative
Posted: October 24, 2007
The Institute for Historical Studies provides a dynamic and multi-faceted intellectual community. It fosters exchange within the department, between the History Department and other UT-Austin departments and centers, between our faculty and colleagues from departments nationwide, and between the department and our community of alumni and neighbors. The institute explores themes whose historical roots are of critical importance for the contemporary world as well as for the historical profession. The institute fosters a creative and productive synergy among the profession's most prominent practitioners, its rising stars, and the department's own outstanding faculty. It enhances and expands the History Department's long tradition of and continued commitment to excellence in historical research through publication and programming. It allows our graduate students to interact with a diverse group of excellent scholars beyond the department. The Institute's programming connects the university and its wider community in discussions of topics that are central to our discipline and have broad resonance in the individual and collective histories we all share.
The institute is housed in the Department of History's newly renovated, historic home, Garrison Hall, at the center of UT's campus. The institute hosts dynamic and varied programming, organized conceptually around two-year rotating themes, with UT faculty, visiting fellows, and speakers from other institutions. It welcomes long term visitors as resident fellows at the senior, mid-career, and junior levels. It invites research scholars of all historical specialties who may be visiting Austin to join the community at the Institute.