He resides in Columbus, Ohio, with Marilyn and enjoys reading, gardening, choral singing, and plein air painting. Word on the street is that the humanities are in peril and that neoliberal educational practices and the growth of the corporate university are pushing them toward demise. Budgets are being cut, sometimes whole departments. Her contention ultimately is that the humanities equip one well to deconstruct the use of this term and to engage in resistance to its application to the humanities. This collection is an intelligent discourse about a fundamental educational issue is presented with eloquent sincerity. Paul Kahn considers the broader domain of human rights and the ability of the humanities to interpret the languages of power governments use in human rights discussions, or evasions of those rights. For that, I might direct the reader to Anthony Kronman's Education's End.
Brooks believes this to be the result of poor and unethical reading by those who formulated these memos an assumption I question , and something that the humanities fundamentally address. This volume brings together a group of distinguished scholars and intellectuals to debate the public role and importance of the humanities. After the program: Attendees can listen to recordings from the event. Called together by Peter Brooks, the Andrew W. And what does it mean for a country to be whole? The unifying theme, is that classical studies do not merely result in individual mastery over a particular technique or body of knowledge, but also link the individual to the polity and even to the whole of the cosmic order. What is the state of the humanities? There is no question but that the humanities are under fire. Though the book requires sustained attention from even the most invested reader, commitment will be rewarded.
We appreciate volumes that include multiple writers but suggest that authors think carefully about how the book will be organized, what role each writer will play, and who will act as the lead writer. Please note their qualifications and previous association with you, if any. Ralph Hexter explores similar challenges in the life of a university administrator. At a time when governments are being forced to make swingeing savings in public expenditure, why should they continue to invest public money funding research into ancient Greek tragedy, literary value, philosophical conundrums or the aesthetics of design? The attentive interpretive reading practiced in the humanities ought to be an export commodity to other fields and to take its place in the public sphere. The addition of beefed-up curricula of technical training in high schools and junior colleges, to replace liberal college studies, is inexorably gaining momentum. By encouraging policy-makers to systematically start investigating the crucial role and importance of all of the arts in the United States, The Arts and Public Purpose moves the field forward with fresh ideas, new concepts, and important new data. We look forward to learning more about the many exciting projects underway.
Brooks believes this to be the result of poor and unethical reading by those who formulated these memos an assumption I question , and something that the humanities fundamentally address. Other works, like the Tennessee Williams play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, have been presented as dramatic readings by theater groups, bringing the issue of family violence within a more layered drama to caseworkers. Prose is often crisp and clean. Some of her selected works are: Naming Thy Name 2o16 ; Thermonuclear Monarchy 2014 , Thinking in an Emergency 2011 , Rule of Law, Misrule of Men 2010 , Who Defended the Country? When submitting a proposal, please include the following information. Then don't miss the opportunity to become a part of an.
. And yet I wonder whether those who created the Torture Memos were in fact excellent readers who were looking for ways to deal with the vagaries of words to distort laws to justify their ends. Please send inquiries and proposals to. The cobweb of possibilities, and the intensity of the light shined on it, are intimidating. The feeling of topsy-turvy consternation as a result of sudden, harrowing change, as is shown here, is not new; rather, it has simply evolved throughout time and space.
The attentive interpretive reading practiced in the humanities ought to be an export commodity to other fields and to take its place in the public sphere. This series spotlights the work of artists, scholars, and activists immersed in publicly-engaged projects in which the humanities, arts, and culture inspire community building and civic change. Ralph Hexter explores similar challenges in the life of a university administrator. This review is based on an electronic version of this work made available compliments of the publisher through Netgalley. The contribution of the arts to the U. In addition, we encourage authors to consider ways to involve multiple partners and a variety of voices that represent the project, but without sacrificing a coherent narrative. What leverage does reading, of the attentive sort practiced in the interpretive humanities, give you on life? Yet training in the ability to read critically the messages with which society, politics, and culture bombard us may be more necessary than ever in a world in which the manipulation of minds and hearts is more and more what running the world is all about.
Paul Kahn considers the broader domain of human rights and the ability of the humanities to interpret the languages of power governments use in human rights discussions, or evasions of those rights. Teaching the humanities appears to many to be an increasingly disempowered profession--and status--within American culture. And the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama from 1999— Wit by Margaret Edson—seems to have changed the way many doctors interact with patients, according to Beegel. This is a timely book to stem the ever-increasing din of naysayers arguing for more scientific and technical education at the expense of the Humanities, as a solution for chronic unemployment. Jonathan Lear's essay, perhaps the most eloquent recounts living among the Crow Indians, not as a sociologist but as a story-teller listening to their words.
The program has been in place at Mercy Medical Center in Maryland since 2004, established after a hospital administrator traveled to Maine to see it in action. As some of you know, I am very much looking forward to participating in this conference and seeing some of you there! The chapters discuss the history and mission of the main institutional archives of the war, contemporary and forensic archaeology of the conflict, burial sites, the affordances of digital culture in the sphere of war memory, the teaching of the conflict in Spanish school curricula, and the place of war memory within human rights initiatives. And that this commitment, and the training and discipline of close reading that underlie it, represent something that the humanities need to bring to other fields: to professional training and to public life. Kahn, Charles Larmore, Johnathan Lear, Michael Roth, Elaine Scarry, Kim Lane Scheppele, Richard Sennett, and Patricia Williams. We hope authors will develop an argument about the nature and possibilities for the humanities and the role the humanities can play in addressing social issues, strengthening communities, and deepening understanding.
What leverage does reading, of the attentive sort practiced in the interpretive humanities, give you on life? This talk challenges contemporary calls for reparations by engaging the question of what it means to be human, conceived anthropologically and philosophically, in the 21st century. Perhaps at times, the use of critical skills can indeed be used to resist authoritarian, or simply pragmatic forces. Sinclair, who pioneered the program for Maine Humanities and continues to oversee it 21 years later. Despite that academic origins, the essays are not impenetrable. Stimulating for scholars and non-scholars alike, this book is unique for the range and quality of perspectives it makes available. The Humanities and Public Life is a poignant plea for discriminate reading; that is, reading with intelligent and discerning comprehension—the kind found in reading literature, poetry, and philosophy.
Williams Conquering the Obstacles to Kingdom and Fate: The Ethics of Reading and the University Administrator Ralph J. The 21st century is proving to be an exciting era of imaginative, interdisciplinary collaborations among academic, local, and global partners. For many of us who work in academia, the idea that what we are teaching English and Humanities students is not so much how to read Virgil or Homer or Shakespeare though we certainly do that too but how to think critically and interpret imaginatively, to deconstruct and reconstruct arguments, and to understand the social and cultural work that is done by texts, is nothing new — but it needs to be said again, and loudly, and upfront and as eloquently as these writers say it. At what stage are you in the process of writing the book? This lecture first tries to account for the population's indifference to the possibility of nuclear war, and then goes on to show the key part this indifference plays in keeping this towering injustice in place. Does such reading represent or produce an ethics? Is there potential for classroom use or recommended reading lists? This book tests the proposition that the humanities can, and at their best do, represent a commitment to ethical reading. During the two decades prior to that, he taught political theory and engaged in radical democratic political organizing at Duke University. Timetable for Completion Please comment explicitly on your timeline.