Noted Humanities Scholar Michael Bérubé to Lecture at UA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Dr. Michael Bérubé, director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature at Pennsylvania State University, will present “The Value and Values of the Humanities” Feb. 26 as part of The University of Alabama’s Hidden Humanities lecture series.

The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in room 205 of Gorgas Library on the UA campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The Hidden Humanities lecture series was founded in 2014 to bring nationally prominent scholars and writers to UA to discuss the so-called “crisis in humanities.”

Each lecturer is invited to address, head on, the positive contributions of the humanities to society at large.

In his lecture, Bérubé will survey the intellectual state of the humanities since 1980. He will focus on the decades-long debate about the status of universalism, asking not only what it means to think of all humans as “equal,” but also why so many scholars in the humanities have become skeptical of this ideal.

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