All posts tagged: humanities

The Work of Art in the World: A Review of Doris Sommer’s Visit to Lehigh

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Literature & Social Justice / Uncategorized

On November third Doris Sommer visited Lehigh, speaking to a crowd of educators: librarians, teachers, professors, administrators, and students. Harvard professor and founder of Cultural Agents, Sommer believes in the power of public humanities to make change in the world. At a time when funding for the humanities is being cut across Universities and secondary education systems, Doris promotes beauty, pleasure and art as solutions to public problems. She speaks to me, a masters student […]

What’s Happening?: November 2016

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Lehigh Culture & Community

November has arrived and with it colder weather. Fortunately, the university is well heated and has numerous events to bring you inside and keep you warm. Also, pumpkin spice lattes. Monday, October 31 The deadline for LSJ abstract submissions is TODAY (Oct. 31). Please send your abstracts to Dana and Joanna at lsjlehigh@gmail.com. Find the CFP and more information about the conference here: http://lsjlehigh.weebly.com/cfp.html (submitted by Dashielle Horne)

Happy New Semester!: A Year (Later) of Spivak

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Lehigh Culture & Community

During the fall semester of 2013, critical theorist Gayatri Spivak visited Lehigh University as part of our Humanities Center’s “Home” lecture series. Of course, when such a renowned scholar as Dr. Spivak is scheduled to visit, rumors will abound. Whispers of “She’s very tall”, “She doesn’t eat bagels”, “She doesn’t take questions”, and “She has excellent fashion sense” circulated, as department members read her work in class, in reading groups, and in the library alone […]

Posthumanism Matters for the Humanities

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Lehigh Culture & Community

October is National Arts and Humanities Month: a time to experience, celebrate, and promote the important roles that the arts and humanities play in our lives. The perfect time, in fact, to talk about . . . posthumanism? Of course! Posthumanist inquiry, and its closely-related scholarly cousin animal studies, posit that humanism has long sustained at best an ignorance of and at worst a deliberate violence against non-human others, and they seek to reorient this […]

USM’s Cuts: An LSJ Perspective

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Literature & Social Justice

Yesterday, I wrote an open letter to the Provost of the University of Southern Maine, my alma mater. USM is in the process of imposing a disastrous package of cuts including the layoffs of a dozen tenured and tenure-track junior faculty. My own English Department, which even after the years since I’ve graduated still feels like my academic home, was hit hard. Others—including economics, sociology and theatre—were also targeted. And I am filled to bursting […]