Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Centers for Research and Outreach

UMass Lowell's centers and institutes provide focus for innovative, multi-disciplinary work that connects research to real-world problems. Our faculty and students participate in the administration, operations, research, and programs at the centers listed below. FAHSS centers also provide opportunities for student internships and practicum placements.

  Center for Art & Ideas

The UMass Lowell Center for Arts & Ideas is led by co-directors Prof. Jehanne-Marie Gavarini of the Department of Art and Paul Marion, executive director of Community and Cultural Affairs in the Public Affairs Office. The Center for Arts & Ideas coordinates a variety of events - cultural activities, lectures series, community celebrations, and special events such as the Kerouac Literary Festival, and popular acts and concerts at the Tsongas Arena that enrich both campus and community life. Explore the Center for Arts & Ideas.

  Center for Community Research & Engagement (CCRE) 

The Center for Community Research & Engagement (CCRE) promotes healthy, productive, and sustainable communities through research and scholarship, technical assistance, program development, partnership formation, and funding from public and private sources. To accomplish this mission the center identifies needs and mobilizes resources on campus and in the broader community;establishes links among and between faculty, staff, and students and community, government and business stakeholders to carry out collaborative research projects; provides resources and support to ensure the success of community partnerships; enhances student learning and networking through community engaged research and education; connects the university community with community research and service opportunities that contribute to sustainable regional development; anddevelops, manages and evaluates community-university research and evaluation projects and other programs.

Center for Irish Partnerships

The Center for Irish Partnership fosters collaborations and partnerships with educational institutions in Ireland and Northern Ireland across an interdisciplinary spectrum including the social sciences, the natural sciences and engineering, the humanities and health and education fields. These international partnerships embrace faculty exchange and joint research ventures and to work with Irish partners to create a dynamic model for Cross-Atlantic collaboration that will promote and advance University of Massachusetts Lowell's goals to enhance the student experience by providing a global perspective to teaching and research, while contributing to Irish interests through exchange and service.

Center for Terrorism & Security Studies

The Center for Terrorism and Security Studies (CTSS) brings together faculty from several Colleges throughout UMass Lowell (and from other institutions and organizations in the Commonwealth) to work on a variety of collaborative research projects, addressing topics such as cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection, transportation security, and the threat of terrorists acquiring and using weapons of mass destruction.

  Center for Women & Work

Since its inception in 1998, the Center for Women and Work has demonstrated its strong commitment to addressing the gendered conditions of work in several key ways: by designing and implementing programs and projects that foster new ways of thinking about the gendered conditions of work; by encouraging and supporting interdisciplinary linkages across and throughout all of our networks; and by bringing to the forefront the reciprocal relationship between a woman's work and the well-being of communities. Learn more about the Center for Women and Work and how you can make a difference.

  Kerouac Center for Public Humanities

The Jack and Stella Kerouac Center for Public Humanities was founded in 2005 with generous support provided by Kerouac Estate Executor John Sampas. Its purpose is to strengthen the interdisciplinary study of American culture and public humanities by facilitating ties between the fields of English, History, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Art, Music, Sociology, and Economics at UMass Lowell, in the New England region and beyond.  Explore the Kerouac Center for Public Humanities.

Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture

UMass Lowell has established the Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, a cultural and academic center, as a resource for the University and community to explore and celebrate the history and contributions of Portuguese people in the United States and abroad. The center sponsors local events, offer study-abroad programs and coordinates faculty collaborations with Portuguese universities in Lisbon and Braga. Portuguese language and culture courses are offered also through UMass Lowell’s Cultural Studies Department.