Associated Initiative

Symposium on the Humanities and Public Life

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
8:30am - 5:30pm

iHotel and Conference Center

1900 S 1st, Champaign

Event Description




This is a full-day symposium featured as part of the Sesquicentennial culmination conference, Illinois at 150: The 21st-Century University and Research for the Public Good (which includes plenary sessions on Tuesday evening, April 10, and Thursday morning, April 12). Please RSVP here.

8:30am                   Coffee and Arrivals

8:45am                   Welcome

  • Anke Pinkert (Germanic Languages & Literatures)

9am-10:30am                      The Humanities and Public Imagination

  • Chair: Wail Hassan (Comparative & World Literature)
  • Keynote Lecture: Elaine Scarry (English, Harvard University), Unheard Warnings: Nuclear Tyranny Requires a Sleeping Citizenry
  • Respondent: Hina Nazar (English)

10:45am-12:15pm           Rethinking Social Justice in the 21st Century

  • Chair: Allyson Purpura (Krannert Art Museum)
  • Keynote Lecture: Carolyn Rouse (Anthropology, Princeton University), Rethinking Social Justice in the 21st Century: The Case Against Reparations
  • Respondent: Colleen Murphy (Law)

12:15pm Happening Collective Reading (Angela Baldus)

12:30pm-1:30pm              Lunch

1:30pm Happening Reporters At Large (Alyssa Jaje, Jennifer Jenson, Michael Ruby)

1:45pm-3:15pm                 Engaged Scholarship and Transformative Publics

  • Chair: Rini Bhattacharya Mehta (Comparative & World Literature)
  • Keynote Lecture: Romand Coles (Institute for Social Justice, Australian Catholic University), Engaged Scholarship and Transformative Publics in the Face of Political and Ecological Catastrophe
  • Respondent: Melissa Orlie (Political Science)

3:30pm-4:15pm                 Public Humanities and Community

  • Chair: Dan Steward (Sociology)
  • Undergraduate research presenters from the Education Justice Project, Odyssey Project, Public History, and Spanish in the Community

4:30pm-5:30pm                 Humanities and Public Life

  • Chair: Chris Higgins (Education Policy, Organization & Leadership)
  • Closing reflections from Carolyn Rouse, Elaine Scarry, and Romand Coles