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. The goal of the Hidden Humanities series is to challenge the widespread notion that the humanities ought to be a low priority in education.
The lectures—two of which happen each academic year—are intended to clarify the nature of the debate over the importance of the humanities and shed new light on why intellectual disciplines at the heart of the modern university now appear to be so undervalued.
The Hidden Humanities lecture series is organized by UA’s College of Arts and Sciences, the University’s largest division and the largest liberal arts college in the state. Students from the College have won numerous national awards including Rhodes and Goldwater scholarships.
Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus, University of Richmond
November 5, 2019
Past Hidden Humanities Lectures
“HBCUs, Their Legacy and Relevance Today”
Professor of History, Northwestern University
March 21, 2019
“Slavery and the University: Histories and Legacies”
Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities
Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature
Pennsylvania State University
February 26, 2015
“The Value and Values of the Humanities”