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Lecture: "Humanists at Large": Humanities Education in an Age of Precarity



Stacy Hartman, PhD


Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Pigott Hall, room 252



Lecture: "Humanists at Large": Humanities Education in an Age of Precarity

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The humanities, both within and without the academy, appear to be in a state of permanent precarity, always on the verge of extinction but never actually collapsing altogether. One area in which this precarity is keenly felt is in employment for early-career humanists, who are less likely now than ever to find full-time, tenure-track employment within the academy. This leaves many young humanists with two options: pursue a series of short-term, part-time teaching contracts or become “humanists at large.”


In her talk, Stacy Hartman will argue that today's climate calls all of us to become “humanists at large,” wherever we find ourselves in relation to the tenure track. She will consider the implications of this argument for humanities education and explore such questions as: How does changing our conception of our present moment from one of “crisis” to one of “precarity” alter our thinking? How might humanities education, particularly at the doctoral level, adapt to its permanently precarious circumstances? Finally, what does it mean to be a humanist at large in the so-called “post-truth” era?


Please also join us for a résumé workshop facilitated by Dr. Hartman the day after this event, on Friday February 17, from 12:00-1:30 pm: