Winter 2023

All Colloquia will take place in 4010 JFSB at 3:00 PM.   January 19 Ryan Christensen Loneliness and Love January 26 Laura Catharine Smith Promoting Information Literacy and Critical Thinking in the Modern Humanities Classroom February 9 Kevin Blankinship Brokers of the Trust Economy, or Why and How Professors Should Write for the Popular Press …

Of Christmas, Climate Change, and Communication

My title is not mere alliteration. Christmas, climate change, and communication have more in common than just the letter “c.” What else unites this holiday, hot topic, and humanistic discipline? For starters, climate change referentials are hidden throughout the holiday hymns. We sing “Joy to the world” and “Let earth receive her King!” (#201, emphasis …

On Confidence

Welcome back from Thanksgiving break, and best of luck as you move into the wind-up phase of the semester. I promise to keep this blog entry brief—proceed with confidence. I’ve been musing on confidence and its origins. Etymology provides no sure guide to words’ current meanings, I know, even if words do seem to remember …

Golden Odes and Ruby-Red Letters: Why Classical Arabic Literature Matters Today

In spring 2021, a Saudi man named Sultan Aldeet netted himself one million Emirati dirhams (roughly $273,000 USD) plus a symbolic cloak and ring. His achievement? Winning first place on Prince of Poets, an American Idol-inspired TV contest in the United Arab Emirates between classical Arabic poets.[1] It airs every other year from Abu Dhabi …

JFSB arches in the snow

Book Manuscript Workshop 2022

What: BYU Humanities Center book manuscript mentoring workshop Brief description: The BYU Humanities Center will support a faculty member (or collaborative team of faculty members) working toward the completion of a book manuscript by paying two reviewers of the scholar’s choosing to read the manuscript and offer substantive feedback. One of these reviewers will be internal to …

National Humanities Center Summer Residency CFP

BYU Humanities Center Sponsored NHC Summer Residency CFP  The BYU Humanities Center is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals to participate in the Summer Residency Program sponsored by the National Humanities Center (NHC), located in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina (near Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh).  Every year, the NHC sponsors a …