Humanities Week to inform students on benefits of humanities, degrees

The College of Humanities will host its fifth annual Humanities Week, where faculty will focus on building awareness of the humanities and showcase work within the college.

The event kicks off on Oct. 15 with a series of free lectures and events taking place at the UA Poetry Center throughout the week, ending Friday evening. In keeping with this year’s theme — “Inquire, Explore, Impact,” the events will focus on educating people about what humanities can bring to the community and to the campus.

“This is an opportunity for us as a college to show what our professors do, what we research and what the humanities really are,” said Helen Bernard, coordinator of external and alumni relations. “It just showcases all of our great programs.”

Although the theme has changed, the structure will stay the same, and events are picked based on current topics that an audience will respond to, Bernard said. Attention is also placed on topics that professors are currently researching within the college.

“We’re expanding on topics that maybe there isn’t a course for at the moment,” Bernard said. “It’s really just a time where people can hear discussion, and it’s open to the greater community, so you will get a diverse audience.”

Events will range from talks to presentations and performances, beginning with a political party discussing the rhetoric of politics on the first day and ending with Russian poetry and music, as well as a reception and refreshments at the end of the week.

The goal of Humanities Week is to inform those who are not aware of the benefits of humanities, as well as demonstrate the scope of what students can do with a humanities degree, Bernard said. This week serves as an “entrée” into the humanities, she said.

“I think a lot of times the humanities are an area that lacks a lot of promotion within the university and that’s an area we want to promote more awareness for,” said Melissa Miller, administrative associate for the College of Humanities and a former UA student who worked on events for Humanities Week.

Some faculty commented on the ability to engage with a wider audience and promote interest in the humanities.

“This shows both the campus and our community the relevance to the humanities, how interesting they are, the variety of what we offer and do,” said Mary Wildner-Bassett, dean of the College of Humanities. “It’s very interesting and fun for people to come and see and explore that.”

Humanities Week

Monday, Oct. 15
4:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Personality Politics: How Persona Plays into our Political Thinking

Tuesday, Oct. 16
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
UofA-TUBE: Turning Language Students into Film Makers

Wednesday, Oct. 17
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Listen Closely: Lyric Voices from Dada to Nicki Minaj

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
There’s an App for That?: The Evolution of Humanities

Thursday, Oct. 18
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Technological Sublime: Virtual Money & Physical Violence: Suarez’s Daemon & Freedom

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
A Meme’s Memory: A Meditation on the Viral Spread of Ideas

Friday, Oct. 19
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
DANTE #&@%!: Dante’s Poetry of Insult

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sins of the Father: Nazi Progeny in the Postwar Era

6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Moscow is Burning!: Russian Poetry, Music, and Mayhem