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607. Public Humanities

Wednesday, 11 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., Chicago IX, Sheraton Chicago

A linked session arranged in conjunction with the The Presidential Forum: Vulnerable Times

Presiding: Laura Wexler, Yale Univ.

Speakers: Matti Bunzl, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana; James Chandler, Univ. of Chicago; Julie Ellison, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Farah Griffin, Columbia Univ.; Jean Elizabeth Howard, Columbia Univ.

Session Description:

What is the public face of the humanities, and how can humanities scholarship be publicly shared in vulnerable times? Speakers will address poetry and theater as genres of public humanities; humanities centers and humanities festivals as sites of civic engagement; the work of the humanities in museums, archives, and prisons; and public humanities curricula that connect universities with their communities.

Related Sessions:


  • The Profession – General

Author Comment
Subject: Fantastic panel, need to keep it going
Thanks to all who spoke at this panel. I learned a lot and found it very inspiring. I only wish there had been more time, or a second related panel, where people could talk about related issues, not the least of which is how to do the great work in smaller metropolitan areas (ie cities that do not enjoy the cultural diversity and resources of New York and Chicago). Please keep this topic alive at MLA 2015!