In the midst of the “crisis in the humanities,” public engagement for humanist scholars has become has become crucial to the survival of our discipline. As humanists, we believe that our field can contribute to the lives of many. Indeed, programs such as the nationwide Clemente Course and the Odyssey Project at the University of Wisconsin demonstrate this wider potential. However, as the humanities increasingly have to defend their financial value in the public sphere, we invite you to join us for a discussion of how our field can expand into the public arena.
This Oct-22 roundtable will be the opening event of a series of lectures and discussions that will explore what it means for the humanities to exist in the public sphere. We will engage with questions like:
How do we teach the humanities to non-traditional audiences?
How can we become more publicly engaged with our scholarship?
What methods are effective for communicating with broader audiences?
How does public engagement tie into issues already prevalent at Stanford, such as the digital humanities, alternative careers for PhDs, and the purpose and future of humanities education?