Why study the humanities? Does it have a place in our ever-changing world?
On September 9, 2016, Our panel of experts answered these questions and more during our headlining webinar entitled, “Why the Humanities Matter.” With over 1,000 webinar registrants, this webinar was a must-attend! Sad you missed the live event? No worries, we have you covered!
To further the discussion of the importance of humanities research and study, we have provided a free recording of the webinar below. You can download the slide deck here!
Have suggestions for next year? Want to share your thoughts on the humanities? Tweet us by using the hashtag #WileyHumanitiesFest.
“I am amazed at the quality and the narrative of the dialogue that was reflective of the current perceptions and representations of the humanities in academia. I hope to participate in another Wiley webinar, especially in regards to the humanities, leadership and education. Thank you!”
Why the Humanities Matter
Meet the Panel
Willem B. Drees is the editor of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, professor of philosophy of the humanities, and dean of the Tilburg School of Humanities, Tilburg University, the Netherlands. His inaugural address of January 2015, Naked Ape or Techno Sapiens? The Relevance of Human Humanities, is freely available to read online.
From 2001 until the end of 2014, he was professor of philosophy of religion at Leiden University, also in the Netherlands. He has twice received a Fulbright Grant, spending periods for research in Berkeley, Chicago, and Princeton.
Chris Higgins is Associate Professor of Philosophy of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he serves as Editor of Educational Theory. His scholarly work draws on virtue ethics, hermeneutics, existentialism, and pragmatism to illuminate questions about the nature of teaching and the aims of education.
His current work explores the fate of the humanities and liberal learning in the vocationalized, corporatized multiversity. He served as co-director of an NEH Summer Institute on The Centrality of Translation to the Humanities: New Interdisciplinary Scholarship (2013). He is currently co-directing a research cluster on Public Humanities for the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities.
Ethan Kleinberg is a professor of History and Letters at Wesleyan University who works of the acrobatics of modern thought and Director of the Center for Humanities. Kleinberg is also the Editor of journal History and Theory. In 2011 he was Directeur d’études invité at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris.
Professor Kleinberg’s theoretical approach is mainly characterized by the interdisciplinary interplay between theory of history, literature, and continental philosophy. When he isn’t contemplating the spectral nature of the past he likes to play beach volleyball and bodysurf.
Caitlin Pollock is a Digital Humanities Librarian for the Center for Digital Scholarship at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’s University Library.Pollock serves as the liaison librarian to the Department of Philosophy and the Programs of Africana Studies and Classical Studies.
She works with humanities faculty and student to incorporate digital tools in their curriculum and research as well as encouraging digital scholarship on IUPUI’s campus. Pollock’s research interests include the role of libraries and librarians in digital humanities research and projects, library history, digital humanities pedagogy, 19th century African American female activists, and the intersection of African American women and institutions of higher education. Pollock placed third in the National Endowment for the Humanities Chronicling America Data Challenge.