Copeland Colloquium 2011-2012

The Future of the Humanities in an Age of Technics

This year’s Copeland Colloquium will consider the future of the humanities and stimulate a campus-wide conversation about this topic. The Copeland Committee has chosen five Copeland Fellows from varied disciplines to explore with us questions such as the following: What, exactly, do we mean by the humanities? What is the role and mission of the humanities in our era? What set or sets of historical forces permitted the humanities to come into being and to maintain itself at various moments and under different conditions?  In what terms has the question of the “the future of the humanities” been posed in the past? How has the question of the future of the humanities changed today, under the pressure of instrumentality and for reasons as different as the emergence of the digital humanities, the mapping of the human genome, and the ongoing economic crisis? A number of public events focused on this theme will be held over the course of the year as part of the Copeland Colloquium.