Friends of the Humanities was established in
1989 as a non-profit organization dedicated to:
enhancing the role of the interdisciplinary
humanities at the University of Louisiana
providing support to the College of Liberal
strengthening the resources of the
University's humanities program.
The Friends believes that learning, like friendship,
is a lifelong experience which goes beyond
the classroom. The Friends meets the needs of
individuals throughout the region by fostering
interest in cultural issues and learning in
Beginning with 10 founding members, the
membership of the Friends of the Humanities has
grown dramatically. The organization’s success
and rapid growth bear witness to its commitment
to the continuous pursuit of knowledge and to its
support of enriching the cultural life of Acadiana.
“I am excited about the future of the Friends and
its desire to move forward with the new initiatives
promoting the humanities at UL at Lafayette.”
A. David Barry former Dean, College of Liberal Arts
In 1989, ten women with a passion for the humanities and compassion for often underfunded
professors took it upon themselves to form the Friends of the Humanities. The Friends sought to work
with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a group of humanities faculty advisors to determine where
their help was needed most. The Friends' initial goal was to support the humanities through the procurement of
educational materials. In 1990, the Friends of the Humanities made its first monetary contribution of $500 to supply a variety of
needed multimedia materials. Their contributions have only grown since then. Since their initial contribution,
the Friends of the Humanities have provided far more than funding for educational materials. The Friends have helped
to fund a humanities resource
room on campus, funded trips to international conferences, and created the Friends of the Humanities Endowed
Professorship in Interdisciplinary Studies.
In return for their continued support, the University has offered a wide variety of opportunities for the Friends of the
Free on-campus parking, reduced tuition, and travel opportunities are only a few of the perks that members receive.
This continued relationship between The Friends and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, ensures that the humanities will
continues to be recognized and supported.
The members of the Friends of the Humanities are not only passionate about
the subjects that comprise the humanities, they are also passionate about each other. Friends has a double meaning
in their case: they are friends amongst themselves, and they also enjoy strong friendships with Liberal Arts professors
who have worked closely
with them over the years. It is not only for friendship or enrichment that The Friends work so diligently, however.
It is for the
students--their children , and grandchildren and relatives who have attended or will one day attend the University of
Lafayette. Their true legacy is the strengthening of the liberal arts that are the soundest basis of a true education.
The Friends of the Humanities has a long history of commitment to keeping humanities studies lively, exciting, and viable
So, who are the Friends of the Humanities?
We are unique in Louisiana, a state that greatly needs the kind of generous support The Friends has given.
We are unique in the United States and maybe in the world.
We have found a way to benefit humanity and the Humanities, while having a lot of fun doing it.
Perhaps that is the real secret to our success!
Friends of the Humanities is a non-profit organization established in 1989 to provide support to the interdisciplinary humanities programs at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and to encourage life-long learning experiences for its members.