What's Wrong and What's Right With the Standard Defences for the Humanities?

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A discussion about where the arguments we tend to rely upon to defend the public value of the Humanities work well, and where they need rethinking or letting go.

The discussion will begin at 13:00, with a light lunch from 12:45.

Presenter:  Helen Small, Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford (author of The Value of the Humanities, 2013)

Respondents:  Chris Newfield, Professor of American Studies, University of California Santa Barbara (author of The Unmaking of the University, 2011)
Isobel Armstrong, Emeritus Professor of English at Birkbeck, University of London and a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of English Studies at the University of London

Chair:  Michael Levenson, William B. Christian Professor of English, University of Virginia.

Lunch will be provided.

This seminar is part of Humanities and the Public Good, a special series of events bringing together leading scholars in the arts and sciences and influential figures beyond academia, to consider the role of the Humanities in addressing contemporary challenges. 

Registration is not essential, but we recommend you register to guarantee a seat. Please click here to visit our eventbrite registration page.


Humanities & the Public Good

Contact name: Jennifer Depold

Contact email: jennifer.depold@oriel.ox.ac.uk

Audience: Open to all