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The Series on Public Humanities

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This year, the Humanities Education Focal Group -- in conjunction the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages; the Office for Community Engagement; and theStanford Humanities Center -- is putting together a series of speakers and workshops to explore what it means for the humanities to exist in the public sphere, particularly through the lens of service. This series of speakers and discussions will explore the various facets of public service and how it can be incorporated into academic work. Please check back as we continue to update our schedule for Winter and Spring quarters!

  • How do we conceptualize and frame service in the humanities?
  • How can it become a more integrated part of our lives as humanists?
  • How might understanding teaching and research as service affect the sort of work that we do?



Oct. 29th |  Opening Round-table: What is Public Service in the Humanities?
12:00pm, Bldg 260, Rm 252

  • Russell Berman, Comparative Literature, German Studies
  • Cynthea Geerdes, Office of Community Engagement
  • Roland Hsu, Stanford Humanities Center
  • Julie Reed, Haas Center for Public Service


Nov. 22nd | Why the Past Matters: Public Research and the Lacuna Stories Project
12:00pm, Bldg 260, Rm 252

  • Amir Eshel, Comparative Literature and German Studies
  • Brian Johnsrud, PhD Candidate; Modern Thought and Literature


Feb. 3rd  | "The UW Odyssey Project: Changing Lives through the Humanities"
Building 260, Room 216

12:00 pm, Lecture: "Do The Humanities Have the Power to Change Lives?"
2:00 pm, Workshop: "Teaching to non-traditional Students"

  • Please watch this short documentary on the Odyssey Project prior to the lecture.
  • We will examine teaching materials from Prof. Auerbach's courses at prisons, Elderhostels, and high schools in the workshop.
  • RSVP for Lunch and Workshop at the link above. 


Feb. 26th  | Welcome Back: The Humanities as Civic Agency
4:15pm, Lecture, Bldg 260, Rm 216

  • Doris Sommer, Romance Languages and Literatures, African and African American Studies, Director of the Cultural Agents Initiative, Harvard University
  • Professor Sommer will be speaking about how we can steer the humanities back to engagement with the world, how artistic and political projects can develop momentum and meaning as they circulate through society to inspire faith in the possible. Sommer's recent work, "Pre-Texts," is an international arts-literacy project that translates high literary theory through popular creative practices. 


April 22nd  | Professionalizing Service
Building 260, Room 216

  • Bruce Burgett, Director of the Certificate Program in Public Humanities,University of Washington

12:00pm : Lunchtime Lecture
2:00 pm : Graduate Student Workshop


May 17th  | Closing Round-Table: What’s Next?

  • What is the potential for graduate students and faculty interested in incorporating public service into their work?

12:00 pm, Room 216. Lunch will be served. 


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