Conversations about the future of humanities tend to follow a predictable recipe: begin with a spoonful of anxiety (see also: fear, despair); add a smattering of nostalgia (for a bygone era when distinguished faculty members landed their first jobs); bring to boil under a fire of realism (kindled by junior faculty); and garnish with pride (enjoyed by all). 860 more words
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Over the weekend, Nicholas Kristof wrote a widely read piece asking where the public intellectual has gone. For those of you who may have missed the editorial, Kristof argues that the culture of PhD programs and the tenure process have forced the academy inward, celebrating dense prose published in little-read, high-priced journals. 1,167 more words
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Today, more than ever before, to think one’s time, especially when one takes the risk or chance of speaking publicly about it, is to register, in order to bring it into play, the fact that the time of this very speaking is artificially produced.
From Thursday, February 20 to Friday, February 21, Panelists will include Morgan Grefe (Executive Director, Rhode Island Historical Society), Kristin Gallas (Director of Interpretation Projects, Tracing Center) and Louise Mirrer (President and CEO of the New York Historical Society), with a lecture from Haitian born artist… 40 more words