The “Humanities Across the University” lectures are designed to highlight ways that humanities disciplines enter into meaningful conversation with scholars working in other fields. Usually, a scholar from some other college at BYU presents a lecture or else joins in a roundtable discussion with members of the College of Humanities.
Clint Whipple, Assistant Professor of Biology: “No Newton of the Blade of Grass: Evolutionary Development and the Return to Form.” Conversations meeting, February 19, 2016.
Our discussion with Professor Whipple, plant biologist at BYU, examined the implications of Evo Devo (a subfield that extends the scope of evolutionary inquiry to reconsider developmental causation, non-environmental constraints upon the possible evolution of forms) for traditionally humanistic fields. The implications of Evo Devo for humanistic study, as discussed during the hour, are rich. In literary studies, one might account for the emergence of genres less by consideration of contextual social factors, or even the idiosyncratic genius of a literary inventor, but by the constraints and possibilities latent in the form of imaginative literature itself.
Nathan Furr, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Marriott School, in conjunction with this year’s theme, “Innovation and the Humanities.” Nov. 7th, 3-4pm, JFSB 4186.
Steven Peck, Associate Professor of Biology: “Conjuring the Natural World out of Digital Fictions: The Role of Narrative in Complex Ecological Computer Simulation” (Talk given as part of the Annual Symposium, March 22.)