Symposium on the Future of the Humanities

The Symposium brought together in one place many original and thoughtful leaders in humanities scholarship and education and aimed to add to our understanding of the potential of the humanities to enrich and inform our lives in both their civic and personal dimensions by formulating moral challenges and drawing historical lessons.

The Symposium was held in partnership with the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University, and supported by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

 

 Details from the Symposium

 

The Symposium was held at SAIS in Washington, DC, on March 29, 2011, and was organized into four main sessions over a full day (including lunch and a reception). The audience for the Symposium was made up of approximately 200 invited participants, including scholars, leaders of educational and cultural institutions, public officials, publishers, and journalists.

 

 Webcast and Podcasts

 
A webcast of the entire day’s proceedings and podcasts of the individual sessions are available at the following link:



Symposium Webcast and Podcasts - March 29, 2011
 

 Symposium Speeches and Remarks

 
  • Keynote Address
    • Welcome and Overview of the Symposium
      Azar Nafisi, Executive Director of Cultural Conversations and Visiting Scholar, The Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); Richard Ekman, President, Council of Independent Colleges
    • Welcome and Overview of the Symposium
      Azar Nafisi, Executive Director of Cultural Conversations and Visiting Scholar, The Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); Richard Ekman, President, Council of Independent Colleges
  • Plenary Address
    • The Humanities and Public Policy
      Jean Elshtain, Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics in the Divinity School, University of Chicago; Douglas C. Bennett, President and Professor of Politics, Earlham College
    • The Humanities and Public Policy
      Jean Elshtain, Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics in the Divinity School, University of Chicago; Douglas C. Bennett, President and Professor of Politics, Earlham College
    • The Humanities and the Institutions that Promote Them
      Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library; Thomas F. Flynn, President, Alvernia University; Moderator: Dorothy Kosinski, Director, The Phillips Collection
    • The Humanities and the Institutions that Promote Them
      Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library; Thomas F. Flynn, President, Alvernia University; Moderator: Dorothy Kosinski, Director, The Phillips Collection
    • The Humanities, the Individual, and Society
      Kwame Anthony Appiah, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University; Edward Hirsch, President, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; Victoria Mora, Dean, St. John’s College (NM); Moderator: Matthew Santirocco, Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts and Science and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, New York University
    • The Humanities, the Individual, and Society
      Kwame Anthony Appiah, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University; Edward Hirsch, President, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; Victoria Mora, Dean, St. John’s College (NM); Moderator: Matthew Santirocco, Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts and Science and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, New York University
    • The Humanities, the Individual, and Society
      Kwame Anthony Appiah, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University; Edward Hirsch, President, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; Victoria Mora, Dean, St. John’s College (NM); Moderator: Matthew Santirocco, Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts and Science and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, New York University
    • The Humanities, the Individual, and Society
      Kwame Anthony Appiah, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University; Edward Hirsch, President, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; Victoria Mora, Dean, St. John’s College (NM); Moderator: Matthew Santirocco, Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts and Science and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, New York University
    • Why the Humanities?
      Neil Rudenstine, President Emeritus, Harvard University and Chair, Board of Trustees, ARTstor; Steven Knapp, President, The George Washington University; S. Georgia Nugent, President, Kenyon College; Moderator: John Churchill, Secretary, Phi Beta Kappa Society
    • Why the Humanities?
      Neil Rudenstine, President Emeritus, Harvard University and Chair, Board of Trustees, ARTstor; Steven Knapp, President, The George Washington University; S. Georgia Nugent, President, Kenyon College; Moderator: John Churchill, Secretary, Phi Beta Kappa Society
    • Why the Humanities?
      Neil Rudenstine, President Emeritus, Harvard University and Chair, Board of Trustees, ARTstor; Steven Knapp, President, The George Washington University; S. Georgia Nugent, President, Kenyon College; Moderator: John Churchill, Secretary, Phi Beta Kappa Society
    • Why the Humanities?
      Neil Rudenstine, President Emeritus, Harvard University and Chair, Board of Trustees, ARTstor; Steven Knapp, President, The George Washington University; S. Georgia Nugent, President, Kenyon College; Moderator: John Churchill, Secretary, Phi Beta Kappa Society
 

 CONTACT INFORMATION

 
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