Plenary Session: The State and Future of the Humanities in the United States

Saturday, January 6, 2018: 8:30 PM-9:30 PM
Marriott Ballroom, Salon 3 (Marriott Wardman Park, Lobby Level)
Claire Potter, The New School
William D. Adams, former chair, National Endowment for the Humanities
Earl Lewis, Emory University
How has the landscape of humanities practice changed – and not changed – in the past decade? By what measures might we chart its health and future, and the enterprises that need support? In a stagnant academic job market, how do we account for nodes of resistance to humanities employment outside a traditional academic environment – from graduate mentors, students, and contingently employed faculty? How should universities rethink, and take a leadership role in, a 21st century humanities practice that exceeds the academy and conventional cultural institutions? This moderated conversation looks to a future in which the lines of public and private humanities practice will not only be increasingly blurred, but will need to articulate their relevance to non-profit and for-profit sectors beyond education.
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