Humanities Institute Lecture: Geoffrey Harpham "How America Invented the Humanities"

Thursday, February 3, 2011
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Scripps - Garrison Theater
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Scripps Humanities Institute

“How America Invented the Humanities”
Geoffrey Harpham
President and Director
National Humanities Center
Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.
Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

Scripps College Humanities Institute Spring 2011 Series: "The Future of Higher Education: Gender, Geography, and the Humanities"
Geoffrey Galt Harpham heads the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, the only institute for advanced study in the world dedicated exclusively to the humanities. He was trained as a literary scholar, but his work has encompassed a wide range of topics and fields. Among his many books are On the Grotesque: Strategies of Contradiction in Art and Literature (1982); Shadows of Ethics: Criticism and the Just Society (1999); and Language Alone: The Critical Fetish of Modernity (2002). His longstanding scholarly interests include the role of ethics in literary study, the place of language in intellectual history, and the work of Joseph Conrad. He has collaborated with M. H. Abrams on A Glossary of Literary Terms, now in its tenth edition. In recent years, he has become a prominent historian of and advocate for the humanities; The Humanities and the Dream of America appeared in 2011. He has received fellowships from the J. S. Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Under his leadership, the National Humanities Center has sponsored initiatives that have encouraged dialogue between the humanities and the natural and social sciences.

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