The Hennebach Program in the Humanities was founded in 1991 through generous support by a major endowment from Ralph Hennebach (CSM class of 1941). Since 1995 the program has sponsored a regular series of Visiting Professors and promotes the general enhancement of the humanities on campus.
Given increased recognition of the importance of the humanities in science and engineering education, the Hennebach Program provides opportunities to meet the needs of students who aspire to assume leadership roles in the technical world. Such students benefit from focused studies in the humanities that complement their technical degree curricula.
Visiting professors have included scholars in classics, environmental studies, ethics, history, literature, philosophy, and social theory as well as the interdisciplinary fields of environmental policy and science/technology & society studies. Visiting scholars support the humanities i.e. through courses offerings, lectures, workshops and collaboration on projects and research.