Humanities and Fine Arts

Human beings strive to understand and explain our material, natural, intellectual, creative, and spiritual worlds. Exploring what it means to be human is the domain of the humanities and arts, consisting of the disciplines of English, fine and performing arts, foreign languages, history, philosophy, and religious studies.

An education in the humanities and fine arts allows you to develop an appreciation of art and literature, examine the role of religion in civilization, understand the past and its relation to the present, contemplate the evolution of ideas, learn about other cultures and languages, and recognize that creativity is central to all human activity. You develop an ability to think critically, analyze complex issues, problem-solve, and write and speak effectively - essential skills in a wide range of professions in today's rapidly changing marketplace.


Upcoming events sponsored by
The Division of Humanities & Fine Arts


Paintings of Ireland: A Sense of Place 

An Exhibit by Vincent Crotty
Borgia Gallery
Artist Reception, September 4th, 4-6pm
Exhibit Open through October 4, 2014

International Welcome Reception

Co-sponsored with the office of International Programs and the Irish Cultural Center
Join us as we welcome our Fulbright Language Teachers and our international students.
Borgia Gallery
Friday, September 19th, 12:15 - 1:00

Hispanic Heritage Month Events 

The Blue House Presents:  
Poetry Reading by Rigoberto Gonzalez
Alumnae Library Theater
Tuesday, September 23rd
Reception 7:00pm
Reading 7:30pm

Key Note Speaker:
Elizabeth Cardona
Director of  the Western MA Office of the Governor
Alumnae Library Theater
Tuesday, October 7th, 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Spanish Film Series:
Alumnae Library Theater
A films will be introduced by Javier Venturi,
Elms College lecturer in Modern Languages

"César Chávez--History is Made One Step at a Time"
Directed by Diego Luna
Tuesday, October 7th, 7pm

Directed by Jon Favreau
Thursday, October 23rd, 7pm

"Bless Me, Ultima"
Directed by Carl Franklin
Monday, November 10th, 7pm

Rainforest Series: BioMimicry 

An Exhibit by Nancy Sarisley Costanzo
Borgia Gallery
Artist Reception-Date to be announced
Exhibit Open October 18 - November 7, 2014

Annual Fall Student Art Exhibit 

A multimedia exhibit featuring Elms students currently enrolled in studio art courses
Borgia Gallery
Opening Reception, December 3rd, 12:15pm -1:30pm
Exhibit Open December 3, 2014 - January 23, 2015


Humanities & Fine Arts Division Highlights

Click on this link to read about our programs, events, faculty, and more in our annual newsletter. 


Humanities and Fine Arts
M. Cristina Canales, Ph.D.