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How do we design a humanities practice for the future that ensures we will have a future?

How do we develop language for describing a new humanities that makes sense to people who understand them in very conventional terms?

These days, defenses of the humanities too often fall back on idealized, pallid, and outdated descriptions of their value that can be as counter-productive to our future as attacks that blame the “crisis” in the humanities on theory and political correctness. In this talk, Paul Jay (Loyola Chicago) argues for the development of a language strategically calibrated to underscore the value of theory and critique; the significance of new, innovative methodologies; and a vision of the humanities that links up with the STEM disciplines.

Friday, September 26
3:30 pm, Curtin 118

Brown Bag Lunch with Paul Jay
12 noon, Curtin 939



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Did you miss any C21 events last year? Or, if you were in attendance, would you like to relive some of those most engaging moments, such as Beth Stephens’ “ecosexual love story” at the Anthropocene Feminism conference, Ian Baucom’s ruminations on postcolonial method and Anthropocene time, or Mel Chen’s mediated appearance at MIGC?

Did you know about our participation in a major grant from the Mellon Foundation to support international, collaborative humanities research; our two new Transdisciplinary Challenge research projects; or director Richard Grusin’s emissarial visits to Chinese universities?

Did you know we published another collection of essays with Indiana University Press—Making Place: Space and Embodiment in the City—and have a new book series coming out with the University of Minnesota Press?

You can read about these, and more, in our 2013-14 annual report, now available online (PDF) and in print. If you are on our mailing list, you should be receiving a copy in the mail. Otherwise, printed annual reports are available in our main office, Curtin 929.



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The Year of the Humanities at UWM is a celebration of the work of humanities faculty, departments, students, and research units across the campus and throughout the community. It showcases the vitality of the humanities disciplines and their role in building critically needed knowledge for the 21st century. The humanities are at the heart of a research university: they teach fundamentally important skills to our students and provide us all with the knowledge that we need to flourish in an increasingly complex world.

In complement to UWM’s Year of the Humanities, C21 has designated our theme this year as Humanities Futures. Faculty fellows were selected on the quality of their research projects as they relate to our theme; our public lectures and symposia, as well as our annual conference, are organized around this theme as well.



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Mellon IGHERT Awards Announced
We are very pleased to announce the recipients of the Integrative Graduate Humanities Research Education and Training (IGHERT) dissertation fellowships and faculty research/mentoring awards.

UWM graduate students Lara Ghisleni (Anthropology) and Ashkan Rezvani Naraghi (Urban Studies) have been awarded multi-year dissertation fellowships, and will be joined in the three-year interdisciplinary, international pilot program by UWM faculty mentors Aneesh Aneesh (Sociology) and Kennan Ferguson (Political Science).

These awards are made possible with the support of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) and are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.   Details about IGHERT

Congratulations to both grad students and faculty!
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