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The Institute for Humanities Research invites faculty, students and community members to a discussion with Robert Newman, president and director of the National Humanities Center, on Wednesday, Feb. 27, as part of the Humanities Forum.
Drawing on E. O. Wilson’s renaming of the Anthropocene as the Eremocene, or The Age of Loneliness, this talk considers the crisis of climate change also as a Constitutional crisis. It looks to the revolutionary idealism and citizenry which forged our Constitution, with principles grounded in the humanities, as potential antidotes to this situation and argues that humanities educators must play a central role in the implementation of these antidotes. To do so, we need to avoid a capitulation to narrow definitions of value that evade the nuance and complexity so ingrained in the humanities and to broaden our conceptions of our profession and our pedagogy.