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Public Humanities Network Conference, “The Public Humanities Now,” Schedule and Details

“The Public Humanities Now” is a one-day conference sponsored by the Public Humanities Network of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes happening adjacent to this year’s Annual Meeting. The meeting will convene on August 14 at the Iziko Museum Slave Lodge building on Adderley Street. See below for the conference program. All interested attendees are welcome to attend.

August 14, 2017

  • 8:30 | Coffee
  • 9:00-10:15 | Publics for the Humanities
    Speakers will summarize and discuss the results of the University of Toronto Quarterly issue, “Publics for the Humanities?,” University of Toronto Quarterly 85(4), Fall 2016. Available at UT Journals or through Project Muse.
    • Chair: Matthew Wickman, Brigham Young University
    • “Public Intellectuals Versus Thought Leaders,” Robert Phiddian, Flinders University
    • “The Humanities as Public Practice,” Pauline Strong, University of Texas at Austin
    • Discussant: Christopher Lupke, University of Alberta
  • 10:30-12:00 | Keynote Address: “The Public Humanities: A South African Perspective”
    • Ciraj Rassool, University of the Western Cape
  • 12:00-1:00 | Lunch
  • 1:00-2:15 | The Humanities in Illiberal Times
    • Chair: Eileen Gillooly, Columbia University
    • “What’s Liberal about the Humanities?,” David Shumway, Carnegie Mellon University
    • “The Humanities in the Heartland,” Janet Ward, University of Oklahoma
    • “Speech and Privilege,” Jonathan Elmer, Indiana University
  • 2:30-3:45 | The University and its City
    • Chair: Giovanni Tarantino, University of Western Australia
    • “What the Public Humanities Can Learn from Vico (or if not him then someone else),” Dan Kubis, University of Pittsburgh
    • “Forging University-Community, National-Local Coalitions around Racial Justice and Public History,” Kari Winter, University at Buffalo
    • “Baltimore Stories: Narrative and the Life of an American City,” Sheri L. Parks, University of Maryland
  • 4:00-5:15 | Humanities Futures (an open discussion)
    • Chair: Nicholas Allen, University of Georgia