About Institute for the Humanities

Formed in 2018, the Monroe Community College Institute for the Humanities aims to provide the greater Rochester community with accessible, relevant, and meaningful humanities-focused programming. Through partnerships with cultural, educational, and civic institutions—as well as local artists, scholars, and activists—the Institute exists as a platform for discovering Rochester’s rich cultural tapestry and engaging diverse audiences through high-quality public humanities programs.


Michael Jacobs Dean, Humanities & Social Sciences (Director)
Joel Helfrich, Adjunct Associate Professor of History (Project Lead)
Thomas Blake, Assistant Professor of English
Jasna Bogdanovska Assistant Professor of Photography
Joy Braselton Management Assistant, Humanities & Social Sciences
Alisa Camp Department Secretary, Visual & Performing Arts
Heather Chang, Assistant Professor of Theater
Marj Crum, Associate Professor of Graphic Design
James Downer, Professor of Graphic Design
William Drumright, Associate Professor of History
Kathleen Farrell, Professor of Art
Katherine Ghidiu, Director of Library Services
Nancy Lillis, Grants Coordinator
Robert Muhlnickel, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Joseph Scanlon, Assistant Professor of History
Louis Silvers, Professor of Foreign Languages