In the spirit of Gregory Grappone ’04, the Humanities Institute at Saint Anselm College reaches across our campus and surrounding communities to engage people of all backgrounds with questions and ideas that arise from our common and uncommon experiences. We do so in the determined hope that, like Greg, we can know the enduring consolations and wisdom that spring from the rich variety of arts and humanities in our world, and better understand the meaning and purpose of our lives.


Our Programs

Come Friday Forum

Each Friday, during the College common hour from 12:30-1:20 p.m., the Humanities Institute hosts an open, informal discussion led by a member of the Saint Anselm faculty, staff, or monastic community.

Go to our Come Friday Forum programming schedule →


Big Thought Series

The annual Big Thought series presents programs and activities throughout the year that focus on a specific theme that ties the humanities to our own experiences.

Go to our Big Thoughts Series programming schedule →


Alumni Book Club

An online community launched in partnership with the Office of Alumni Relations where alumni, faculty, and friends read and discuss books covering a range of topics that participants are interested in as well as novels suggested by Saint Anselm College faculty.

Go to the Alumni Book Club →



A student-generated and produced podcast called Humanity Examined, which features conversations with individuals about how the Humanities animate their lives.

Go to the podcast →


Community Programming

Since its inception the Grappone Humanities Institute has enjoyed a relationship with the Riverwoods Senior Living Community in Exeter, NH, where Saint Anselm faculty have delivered several lectures a year on humanities-related topics to the responsive and engaged residents there.


Join the Conversation

On a weekly basis people of all backgrounds and various points of view are contributing to a vibrant conversation about the Humanities and their place in our current culture.

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