The Annual Symposium, usually held during the winter semester, is one of the college-wide events sponsored each year by the Humanities Center. Its featured speaker is an invited guest whose expertise includes the subject of that year’s annual theme; other speakers at the Symposium are usually BYU faculty, from the College of Humanities and elsewhere around campus.
2016 – 2017
Getting It: Art and Attunement
February 3, 2017, 3:00 – 4:30 PM, JFSB B192 (the Education in Zion Theater)
Rita Felski is a William R. Kenan Jr., Professor of English at the University of Virgina, and editor of New Literary History. Her newest project focuses on forms of aesthetic attatchment: how and why we get stuck to works of art. Considering how the language of attunement can capture certain aspectsof aesthetic experience, Felski addresses if it is possible to talk about the agency and the presence of art works–yet without neglecting the many social factors involved?
Read a write-up of the lecture here.
2015 – 2016
Work of Art
November 13, 2015, 3:00 – 4:30 PM, JFSB B192 (the Education in Zion Theater)
Caroline Levine, Professor of English and the Chair of the English Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, met with faculty to discuss her recent book Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, and Network, which outlines a provocative argument about the transference of structures and patterns in literature and novels to social structures. In addition to discussing her book, Professor Levine met with the women’s studies group and she sat down with Matthew Wickman, the Director of the BYU Humanities Center, for an interview for the BYU radio show Thinking Aloud on Classical 89. She is a very prolific and generous writer and thinker, and she challenged the audience with new ways of thinking about this year’s Humanities Center theme: The Work of Art.
2014 – 2015
On Friday, February 20th, Eric Hayot will be on campus as the guest at our Humanities Center Annual Symposium. Hayot is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Penn State, and while much of his work is in Chinese he is also a major commentator on the humanities, with a great deal of wide-reaching (and very engaging) scholarship. There are two meetings associated with Hayot’s visit: an afternoon lecture (3pm in Education in Zion Theater) and a morning meeting with faculty (11am in 4010). That morning meeting will center around Hayot’s 2012 book On Literary Worlds, an examination of world literature from the perspective of a critique of modernism (and its vocabulary of novelty, progress, invention, etc.).
2013 – 2014
Innovation and the Humanities
March 21, 2:30-5:00 PM, JFSB B192 (the Education in Zion Theater)
Christopher Newfield, Professor of English, University of California, Santa Barbara English Department: “What Are the Humanities For? Cultural Study and Human Development in the 21st-Century University”
Robert V. Bullough, Professor of Education, BYU McKay School of Education: “Higher Education and the Neoliberal Threat: Fast Time, Place, and Identity”
2012 – 2013
States of the Humanities: New Keywords On the Digital and Environmental Humanities
Friday, March 22, 2:00-5:00, JFSB B192
Ursula K. Heise, UCLA English Department and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability: “The Animal in the Database: Biodiversity and the Epic Imagination”
Mark Davies, BYU Department of Linguistics and English Language
Steven Peck, BYU Department of Biology: “Conjuring the Natural World out of Digital Fictions: The Role of Narrative in Complex Ecological Computer Simulation”