What is the Five College Digital Humanities Initiative?

Based in Western Massachusetts, Five Colleges, Inc. is a non-profit consortium created in 1965 to advance the extensive educational and cultural objects of its member institutions: Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. With generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Five College Deans launched Five College Digital Humanities (5CollDH) to support and encourage scholarship that engages with the intersections of the arts, humanities, and digital technologies.


5CollDH works across communities to enrich digital humanities scholarship and pedagogy within and beyond the classroom.

Faculty and Staff

5CollDH provides support and training for faculty and staff across research and classroom instruction. Through our faculty and staff programs, we develop broader awareness of the practice and potential of the digital humanities to enrich new and existing forms of scholarship. Our programs support a variety of faculty- and staff-led projects, workshops for faculty and staff interested in growing their DH skills, and conferences that address key questions facing DH scholars today.


5CollDH inspires students working in the digital humanities, whether they are learning in the classroom, assisting faculty and staff on major projects, or pursuing their own ideas in independent work. We consider independent student work a cornerstone of our program, and to this end support and fund students in a variety of ways, including a year-long fellowship, microgrants, and a variety of short courses and workshops taught throughout the year.


5CollDH cultivates interest in the digital humanities throughout and beyond the Five College community. Through our projects, events, and especially our Speaker Series, we bring practitioners and novices together to learn from each other about this growing field. Moreover, through out website, we develop resources and toolkits for DH practitioners across the globe.

Our Organization

Our Advisory Committee organizes and implements Five College Digital Humanities. The Committee advises on grant funding, organizes events and symposia, and guides our organization. 5CollDH is currently led by Director Eric Poehler with the support of 2019-2020 Post-Baccalaureate Fellow Evan Young.

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