The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities

The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities cultivates trailblazers and leaders. Here, you'll study the modes of expression through which we record and interpret the human experience.

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"We can't expect the world to get better by itself." — Gwen Ifill

Our students view society through the multi-faceted lenses of language, narrative, art, music, film and contemporary media. You'll hone your creative abilities through real-world projects and on-the-job learning experiences.

As a pioneering Black woman journalist, Gwen Ifill '77 '93HD broke through barriers of prejudice and stands as a model of professional excellence and a purposeful life. The Ifill College aims to carry on that legacy for the next generations. Our mission:

  • We are a community of educators and learners guided by intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and generosity of spirit.
  • We derive strength from our differences and pursue civic engagement through humanistic inquiry that values language, lived experience, artistic expression, and imagination.
  • We give voice to our stories, past and present, individual and global, told and untold, to influence a future whose questions have yet to be asked. 

How will you do the hard work of imagining a more just future?


Take a look back at our successful first year - The Year in Review 2018-2019

Contact Information

Having trouble deciding what to do? Contact The Ifill College. We'll be glad to help you out.

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Meet the Dean

Dr. Brian Norman is the Dean of The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities. He is a scholar of American and African American literature, professor of English, and academic administrator.

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Our Faculty

You’ll study with faculty who are thought-leaders and award winners, researchers and professionals in their fields.

Faculty Profiles

About the College

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Meet Gwen Ifill

Best known as a successful and much admired television news anchor, Gwen Ifill launched her career here at Simmons.

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Statement of Solidarity for Racial Justice

Read the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities' statement of solidarity for racial justice.

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Mentoring

Among Gwen Ifill’s legacies is a commitment to mentoring and to nurturing a diverse and talented next generation.

Laura Prieto, 2019-2022 Alumni Chair for Public Engagement

Public Engagement

The Alumni Chair in Public Engagement is a signature program for how The Ifill College engages the world and demonstrates the role of the arts, media, and humanities to a vibrant, diverse democracy.

Current Faculty Resources

Information for our current faculty, including funding opportunities.

Recent News

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We caught up Abbye Meyer, the new assistant professor in the children's literature program! Learn more about her passion for children's literature, disability studies, and how she knows Scottish rock band, Belle and Sebastian.

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Today, we commemorate an important day for our country. June 19th or Juneteenth, the reading of the federal orders by the Union army general Gordon Grange in the city of Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865.

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In Fall 2019, a group of 11 Simmons undergraduate students began researching the lost West End. Supported by a “Humanities Research for the Public Good” grant from the Council of Independent Colleges, the students created a series of exhibits, including one for the West End Museum, one on Simmons’ campus, and a digital exhibit.

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