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The Institute for Humanities Research Humanities Forum invites discussion of the challenges and opportunties we face in the humanities right now. It is a place to share ideas and brainstorm new ways advance the humanities at ASU and in the community.
On Nov. 8, we are hosting our second Humanities Forum of the 2018–19 academic year. We invite faculty, staff and students to join us in the conversation.
In this conversation, we will put the word "humane" under pressure, thinking together about how the humanities might make humans more humane. We'll ponder the ways in which the humane has — like the "civilized" — been invoked to enact violence or turn education into construction rather than expansion.
How do we think deeply about a concept that strives to be affirmative yet is not necessarily positive in practice? How do the humanities frame problems and move towards, if not resolutions, than at least more just modes of living?
Nina Berman is a professor and the director of the School of International Letters and Cultures. Her research areas include globalization studies, humanitarianism, tourism, German orientalism and colonialism, Germans in Africa and intercultural hermeneutics.
Tracy Fessenden is the interim director of the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, where she holds the Steve and Margaret Forster Professorship on the faculty of religious studies. Her work focuses on gender, race and sexuality in American religious history; religion and American literature and the arts; and the relationship between religion and the secular in American law and public life.
Krista Ratcliffe is a professor and chair of the Department of English. Her research focuses on intersections of rhetoric, feminist theory and critical race studies.
This panel will be moderated by Jeffrey Cohen, dean of humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
This event will take place in the La Paz Ballroom of the Memorial Union on the Tempe Campus. The closest parking garage is the Apache Blvd Structure. Visit ASU's parking website for information about fees.