The humanities encompass all of the fields of inquiry and human expression devoted to an understanding of the human condition. These include literature and language, philosophy, art, the performing arts, history, and religious belief. Due to the pressures for us to become increasingly specialized in our various vocations, it is even more vital for citizens to be broadly conversant in the questions and traditions that have informed human history. Our programs in Classics, Comparative Literature, and Interdisciplinary Humanities offer comparative and interdisciplinary training that moves students across arts, cultures, geographies, and languages and enables them to gain cultural fluency and critical thinking skills that form a foundation for lifelong learning. This foundation includes a deeper awareness of the past, a heightened sensitivity to the dynamic interaction of cultures in our present, and greater preparation for a changing future.
27Aug., WednesdayRank and Status Meeting8 AM
06Nov., ThursdayBarker Lecture11 AM
BYU Humanities professor Allen Christenson lived among and learned of modern-day Maya as a missionary and an anthropologist. He explains the importance of memory to Maya culture.
Yale English professor Jacqueline Goldsby explains how African American abstractionism in art and poetry shows a complexity that creates a powerful and distinct voice.