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
18Dec., ThursdayCollege Meeting with President Worthen11 AM
Humanities Center Annual Lecture features philosopher Simon Critchley
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine, explains the “European Metaphysical Empires: The Struggle for Language.”