humanities

A world of languages at UGA

Posted 2 years 3 months ago
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Comment on dit, "world class university?" UGA has the programs and the people that make it second-to-none in teaching and learning foreign languages - a set of capabilities that is the sine qua non for a premier university:

“It’s a truly diverse blend, that both harkens back to the roots of classical liberal arts education as it builds on the world as we know it today and looks forward to both the challenges and the opportunities of the future,” said Noel Fallows, Distinguished Research Professor of Spanish and associate dean in the Franklin College. “You can make the...

The Star Wars Gaze

Posted 2 years 5 months ago
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Spoiler alert: No spoilers herein about the new film whatsoever.

A 40-year-old essay with nearly 9,000 citations on Google scholar is the focus of a series of articles in the Chronicle of Higher Ed that, taken together, present an affirmative case for the humanities, and for understanding how popular art reflects our mores can introduce fascinating revelations that support positive individual and societal change:

40 years later, "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" still resonates with students, and still resonates with me. Men and women remain unequal in their relationship...

Humanities events recap

Posted 2 years 6 months ago
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Today's issue of Columns includes three stories about some terrific recent events that highlight engagement with the humanities on campus, including the visit by acclaimed American novelist Alice Walker:

Walker, who came to UGA as the Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding, spoke to capacity crowds Oct. 14 at the Chapel and Oct. 15 at the Morton Theatre in downtown Athens.

Her message, which Walker delivered with her thoughtful, Zen-like tone, resonated with UGA students like Mansur Buffins, a second-year social studies education and African-American studies major....

Willson Center Grants and Awards

Posted 2 years 7 months ago
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The deadline for Willson Center Research Fellowship applications is coming up next week, October 6:

The Willson Center Research Fellowship supports excellence in arts and humanities research. Applicants must hold doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Tenured and Tenure-track scholars are eligible to apply. Fellowships can be held every five years. The Willson Center Research Fellowships are intended to support humanities and arts scholars. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged, including with the sciences, social sciences and other domains. Fellowships provide course...

On truth

Posted 2 years 11 months ago
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Astute piece in the Chronicle Review about the opportunism of disputing the truth that actually grew out of the academy:

It’s not just garden-variety ignorance that periodically appears in public-opinion polls that makes us cringe or laugh. A 2009 survey by the California Academy of Sciences found that only 53 percent of American adults knew how long it takes for Earth to revolve around the sun. Only 59 percent knew that the earliest humans did not live at the same time as the dinosaurs.

As egregious as that sort of thing is, it is not the kind of ignorance that should most...

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