Study in the Humanities is essentially the cultivation of human wisdom through participation in an age-old and still very vibrant conversation about the meaning of our lives.

— Gary Bouchard, Director of the Humanities Institute

Welcome to the Gregory J. Grappone Humanities Institute at Saint Anselm College. Established in 2018 with a generous gift from Robert and Beverly Grappone, this Institute represents several years of thought and planning by Saint Anselm faculty who seek to affirm and invigorate the College’s 128 year-old commitment to humanistic studies as an integral part of a Catholic Liberal Arts Education.

Inspired by the example of their son, Greg Grappone, ’04, the Grappones share with the founders of the Grappone Institute a belief that an increased appreciation for the wisdom offered by Classical Learning, Literature, Languages, Theology, History, The Fine Arts, and Philosophy encourages people to attain a richer understanding of what it means to be human, and also helps them to discover their individual and shared purpose is in this world.

We welcome and encourage the ideas and energy of active learners of all backgrounds as we fashion opportunities for formal and informal programs and activities that help us all better understand and appreciate our shared humanity. We challenge and inspire our campus community with the questions and consolations that arise from our ongoing conversations, and we extend to our wider New Hampshire community the affirming and challenging riches that arise from experiences in integrated humanistic thought.

To accomplish our mission we work actively with all academic departments and other student-centered centers and organizations on campus, as well as with our partners in the surrounding communities as we seek to develop innovative ways to integrate humanistic thought artistic expression into the curricular and co-curricular lives of our students and faculty, and in the lives of all people we are able to reach.