The BYU Humanities Center at 10: A Few Last Thoughts, Personal and Institutional

It was BYU’s university conference week in late August 2011, and I was feeling a little nostalgic. And anxious. I was at the college meeting for faculty for what I anticipated was the last time. My family had returned a couple months earlier from Aberdeen, Scotland – the second of our half-yearly stints where I …

Creative Translating: My College Experience as Source Text

This is my last semester at BYU–last week, actually–and as happens with any big change, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting and a lot of speculating about what the future will bring. In my poetry class, our most recent assignment was to translate a portion of Dante’s Divine Comedy, which we’ve been reading throughout …

2021

The Humanities Center held its 9th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, October 29th at 3:00 PM in the Education in Zion Theater. This year’s event featured 6 undergraduate students from the College of Humanities and their research. Candace Brown: “Hear Him: Listening to the Holy Face” The diptych–an important format used by Netherlandish Renaissance …

2020

The Humanities Center held its 8th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, October 23rd at 3:00 PM via YouTube livestream. This year’s event featured 6 undergraduate students from the College of Humanities and their research. Claire Gillett: “The Folkway Podcast: Preserving and Perpetuating Canadian Fiber Art Traditions Through Digital Storytelling” The maritime provinces of Atlantic …

Winter 2022: Behold, I Make All Things New with Barbara Newman

Winter 2022 The BYU Humanities Center welcomes Barbara Newman as our Faith and Imagination lecturer on Friday, March 25th, 2022.  Her lecture will be presented in the EIZ Theater at 3 PM. Title: Behold, I Make All Things New: Interpreting the Last Book of the Bible Professor Newman (Ph.D. Yale) is known for her work …

Fall 2021: The Art of Christian Reflection with Heidi J Hornik

Fall 2021 The BYU Humanities Center welcomes Dr. Heidi J Hornik, Professor  of Art History and Chair of the Department of Art & Art History at Baylor University as our Faith and imagination Lecturer on October 22, 2021.  She will select excerpts from her book The Art of Christian Reflection published by Baylor University Press and …

Dear Mom

Dear Mom~ The other day I read an article in the news about parents in Tennessee and elsewhere rallying to have books removed from their teens’ school libraries—books that reference race, sexuality, or the Holocaust in ways that made them (the parents) uncomfortable. I wondered how those kids felt, watching their parents on social media …

“Quick to Observe”: Or, Desultory Thoughts on Seeing and Learning

Gerard Manley Hopkins’s much-loved “Pied Beauty” (a “curtal sonnet” composed in 1877) fits the season, as spring begins to arrest our attention: GLORY be to God for dappled things— For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings; Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, …