A New Home for the Humanities

For all of its vibrant activity and programming thus far, the Gregory J. Grappone ’04 Humanities Institute still lacks a physical location on campus. The time has come to infuse the humanities at Saint Anselm College with the vital Benedictine charism of hospitality through the creation of a highly visible, permanent home.

“Our vision is to have young people think beyond their first or second job to what is their place as an individual within the community and what is their relationship to the divine. Socrates was right. The unreflected life really isn't worth living, and that is what we're trying to inspire in people's lives here at the Humanities Institute.”
Professor Gary Bouchard, Executive Director, Humanities Institute

Currently housing the College's Print Shop, the Boiler House serves as a backdrop for the annual Shakespeare festival each April 23rd, when the Bard's 154 sonnets are read aloud from its wooden stairs.

The central place of the humanities in the life of Saint Anselm College

The two-story facility, located in the Boiler House, will be home to a large, state-of-the-art classroom, a seminar instruction room, a flexible, common meeting and exhibition space, a newly restored and landscaped courtyard, and modest administrative office space, all benefiting from abundant natural light.

As the first structure that visitors encounter upon exiting the new Savard Welcome Center, this renovated home for the Humanities Institute will proclaim in its physical and architectural prominence and beauty the central place of the humanities in the life of Saint Anselm College.