Liberal Arts Expertise in a Changing World

The Wheaton Institute for the Interdisciplinary Humanities was established by Professors Touba Ghadessi and Gen Liang to offer students opportunities to explore the humanities as they apply in a wide variety of professional contexts.

Today, the WIIH continues to invite scholars, artists, and other distinguished guests based on an annual theme that connects the humanities to other fields of study. Through the WIIH, visitors share their expertise in large venues and intimate settings with members of the Wheaton community. Via lectures, performances, exhibitions, and discussions, we give students and colleagues the opportunity to explore ideas more deeply by engaging with expert practitioners who are also often teacher-scholars; by sharing innovative intellectual inquiries with our undergraduates; and by creating a forum for thoughtful exchange in and beyond the Wheaton community.