The 2010 theme asked "Whose Global Humanities?" The meeting was the largest in the consortium's history and brought together scholars,
artists, and public figures to discuss the new disciplinary breadth and global reach of the humanities. With panel discussions, lectures, tours and film screenings, the conference's ambitious schedule sought to engage, inform and enlighten the CHCI membership, from 23 countries around the world, on issues ranging from Education and the Environment to the Humanities and the New China to Funding in the Humanities. Distinguished speakers included the Hon. James Leach, Chairman of theNational Endowment for the Humanities; Bonnie Reiss, Secretary of Education for California; and Mieke Bal, cultural theorist and filmmaker. 

The Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University

Named for Craig and Deborah Cogut in recognition of their generous support, the Cogut Center for the Humanities was originally launched in the fall of 2003 as the Brown Humanities Center to support collaborative research among scholars in the humanities. Long before the center’s founding, scholars in the humanities at Brown began to challenge and redefine the foundational categories of the humanities in the largest sense, asking what it means to be human. Over the years, they have built new concepts at the interstices of the old disciplines and across the boundaries of national cultures. Scholars of the ancient, medieval, and early modern worlds are still recovering ways of thinking that give us new concepts with which to imagine and conduct research. Others working on modern and contemporary cultures – on the language, literature and culture of the post-colony or the complex and often self-contradictory messages with which new media bombard us – continue to change the horizons of the humanities. In this respect, humanities scholars at Brown have long been working toward a common goal.

The Cogut Center closes the gap between the interdisciplinary character of Brown University's humanities research faculty and the tangible support for collaborative research among scholars in the humanities, moving Brown decisively ahead of its peers. The center takes full advantage of the most successful features of existing humanities centers, focusing on the connections between our cultural and linguistic past and the digital age now emerging. In view of recent geopolitical changes, the Cogut Center stresses the importance of comparative work across cultural and linguistic boundaries.

Program

SUNDAY 13 JUNE

1:30 PM - Walking Tour of Providence's East Side neighborhoods
Led by Bruce Donovan, Emeritus Professor in Classics, Brown University
Meet at Pembroke Hall, 172 Meeting Street. The group will depart promptly at 1:30 PM/

4:00 PM - Affinity Group Meetings

- Associate Directors & Administrators: Alumnae Hall, Crystal Room
- Digital Humanities: Pembroke Hall, room 202
- Humanities for the Environment: Alumnae Hall, Commons Room

5:30 PM - Welcome Reception
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, 224 Benefit Street

MONDAY 14 JUNE

9:00 AM
Opening remarks by CHCI President Srinivas Aravamudan and Cogut Humanities Center Director/Annual Meeting host Michael Steinberg.
Pembroke Hall 305

9:30 AM - Plenary Lecture
Our Interconnected World: Education and the Environment
Bonnie Reiss, Secretary of Education, State of California
Pembroke Hall 305

11:00 AM - Morning Break
Pembroke Hall 305

11:30 AM - Panel
The Environment and the Humanities - Responses to Secretary Reiss' Lecture
Chair: J. Timmons Roberts, Director, Center for Environmental Studies and Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, Brown University
Sally Kitch, Director, Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona State University
David Phillips, Co-Director, Humanities Center Initiative, Wake Forest University
Poul Holm, Director, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin
Pembroke Hall 305

12:30 PM - Lunch
Buffet Lunch and New Directors Introductions
Alumnae Hall

2:00 PM - Panel
The Humanities and the New China
Hsiung Ping-chen, Dean of Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong (Chair)
Ann Waltner, Director, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Minnesota
Haiping Yan, Professor of Theater Studies, Cornell University
Chengzhou He, Nanjing University
Pembroke Hall 305

3:30 PM - Afternoon break
Pembroke Hall 305

4:00 PM - Workshop
Funding the Humanities
Robert Gibbs, Director, Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto
Rosi Braidotti, Director, Center for the Humanities, Utrecht University
Catherine Liu, Director, Center for the Humanities, University of California-Irvine
Pembroke Hall 305

5:30 PM - Short break
Pembroke Hall 305

5:45 PM - CHCI Membership/Business Meeting
Pembroke Hall 305

6:45 PM - Pre-Dinner Cocktails
Hope Club, Six Benevolent Street

7:30 PM - Annual Meeting Dinner
Civility in a Fractured Society
Address by James A. Leach, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
Dinner is $35 per person (payable with registration fee)
Hope Club, Six Benevolent Street

9:30 PM - Film Screenings
Separations and State of Suspension
Film by Plenary Lecturer Mieke Bal (approx. 130 minutes)
Hope Club, Six Benevolent Street

TUESDAY 15 JUNE

9:00 AM - Plenary Lecture
Now-Here
Mieke Bal, Filmmaker and Cultural Theorist
Pembroke Hall 305

10:30 AM - Morning Break
Pembroke Hall 305

11:00 AM - Workshop
Humanities Centers and the Arts
Marjorie Garber, Director, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Ian Baucom, Director, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University
Pembroke Hall 305

12:30 PM - Lunch
Alumnae Hall, Brown Campus

1:30 PM - Discussion
Elizabeth Costello by J.M Coetzee
Led by James Chandler, Director, Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago
Pembroke Hall 305

3:00 PM - Afternoon Break
Pembroke Hall 305

3:30 PM - Panel
Translation and Incommensurability
Debjani Ganguly, Head, Humanities Research Center, the Australian National University (Chair)
Catherine Porter, Visiting Professor, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University
Elizabeth Weed, Director, Pembroke Center for Research and Teaching on Women
Pembroke Hall 305

5:30 PM - Closing Reception
Sidney Frank Building