In this lecture, Carlos Alonzo analyzes the current situation of the Humanities as a field of study, and of the University as an institution, in our era or universal commodification. He also considers some of the proposals that have been advanced to preserve both.
Biography: Carlos J. Alonso is the Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor in the Humanities, and has been Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University since 2010. He is a specialist in Latin American intellectual history and cultural production, and in modern literary and cultural theory. He is the author of Modernity and Autochthony: The Spanish American Regional Novel (Cambridge UP), The Burden of Modernity: The Rhetoric of Cultural Discourse in Spanish America (Oxford UP), and editor of Julio Cortázar: New Readings (Cambridge UP). From 2000-03 he was Editor of PMLA, one of the premiere journal of the Humanities in the United States, and was a member of the committee that produced the recent Report of the MLA Task Force on Doctoral Study in Modern Language and Literature in 2014.