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Hidden Humanities Lecture
March 29, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Dr. Robert D. Newman, president and director of the National Humanities Center, will visit The University of Alabama to present the bi-annual Hidden Humanities lecture March 29.
The lecture, held at 5:30 p.m. in Tuomey Hall, will cover the entanglement of ecology and the humanities. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.
Of the place of the humanities in contemporary life, Newman remarks, “The humanities are the foundation of a good and fulfilling life, a thoughtful and productive citizenry, and a just democracy. They encourage us to think clearly and analytically, to communicate cogently, and to broaden our perspectives through empathy and imagination. They awaken in us pleasure, connection and purpose.”
His lecture, “Saving the World with Metaphor: Toward an Ecological Poetics,” emphasizes the link between the humanities and ecology based on the methods used to study them, as well as their original impulses.
“I propose an enhanced linkage and a foregrounding of the personal in our work, in our advocacy for it, and in our resistance to those who oppose it,” Newman said.
Newman is the president and director of the National Humanities Center, the only independent institute for advanced study in the world dedicated exclusively to the humanities. Since assuming leadership of the NHC in 2015, Newman has been dedicated to broadening the Center’s scholarly mission and educational outreach as well as to encouraging public engagement with, and national advocacy for, the humanities.