The Trinity Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (TIIS) provides support for faculty as intellectuals: to exchange ideas, discuss books, critique each other’s works-in-progress, and invite scholars to campus to engage in ongoing discussions.  TIIS was founded on the belief that many problems profit from being conceptualized in multiple ways and that interdisciplinary dialogue will invigorate our sense of the many available dimensions of a given intellectual project.

The Institute’s interdisciplinary vocation is two-fold. First, TIIS will enable scholars within a given disciplinary field to converse with scholars working in other epistemological and methodological frameworks. Second, TIIS will promote a deliberate, robust, and conscious outreach to all faculty members at Trinity, of all ranks and statuses as well as to interested students and staff. TIIS facilitates the many interdisciplinary conversations already in progress on campus and off, and aims to initiate new ones.

TIIS offers numerous and varied programming throughout the year, from large public events to intimate discussions.

TIIS offers condolences to all those who have had family, friends or colleagues pass away from COVID-19 and to all those who have had family, friends, or colleagues killed by those acting in the name of systemic racism and other deadly forms of discrimination (anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQ; antisemitism). We have begun to collect a list of readings and films to help us make sense of these times. Please see the link below.
Best wishes and stay well, TIIS

TIIS Reading List


Propose a Faculty Group or Event

TIIS sponsors faculty reading and writing groups that can meet over the course of either semester, the whole academic year, or even during the summer months. It also supports hybrid or virtual speakers and events.



TIIS sponsors interdisciplinary events over the course of each semester. These events spark discussion and create connections over topics of interdisciplinary interest.


Wassong Lecture

Since 2010, the Trinity Institute for Interdisciplinary ​Studies has been honored to organize this annual lecture.

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TIIS Events


Trinity Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies

Ashley Hamelin- Program Coordinator Dangremond Commons
Hallden Hall

300 Summit St.
Hartford, CT 06106