The Institute is also committed to encouraging faculty to think big and to think creatively. Knowledge—and the teaching that introduces that knowledge to our students—does not stand still. New lines of inquiry, rich connections across disciplinary lines, and new ways of reaching new audiences all challenge traditional ways of doing things. Support for innovative scholarship and inspiring teaching is the core mission of the IAH. In addition to signature programs and traditional means of funding, the Institute fosters conversations about cutting-edge research and teaching, resulting in several exciting initiatives.