Serena Zabin (History), Nancy Cho (English), and Kelly Connole (Studio Art)
"We explainED why thinking about the relationship of the humanities and the public mattered to our work, what we learned from an interdisciplinary faculty seminar, and how participating in this seminar reshaped and revitalized our creative and scholarly projects."
Gould Library Athenaeum, Friday, April 11, 3:45-5:00 pm
Recently, an alum wrote and reflected on the value of her education in the humanities: "Humanistic inquiry has the power to nourish the elasticity of the individual and social mind, as it facilitates our capacity to develop out of ourselves in our own way—to transform and incorporate into ourselves what is past and foreign to heal wounds, replace what has been lost, recreate broken molds. It liberates us from the confines of our individuality and, through the imaginative experience of another’s musings, humor, or deep pangs of the heart, it helps us cultivate a new sense of vision, as we begin to perceive, through the smallness of our existence, a universality of the human condition." — Lina Feuerstein '12
Student-Faculty collaboration is a centerpiece of the Humanities Center's programming. We support about a dozen Student Research Assistantships per year; these bring together students and professors who engage in collaborative work that enhances the faculty member’s scholarship while providing mentoring and experience to the student.
Digital Humanities projects are proliferating at Carleton! With support from a Mellon Foundation grant, Carleton will move forward with St. Olaf and Macalester Colleges to give enhanced support and encouragement to this important arena for innovation in humanities scholarship.
Intellectual life at Carleton is the most engaged and productive when faculty scholars are debating new ideas that infuse both their teaching and their research. The Humanities Center seeks to encourage these integrative connections through Faculty Research Seminars, a multidisciplinary effort that promotes excellence and innovation in scholarship, and then extends the resulting intellectual excitement to the rest of the campus through a public forum.
The Humanities Center seeks to build and maintain connections with other institutions and individuals in Northfield and beyond. We sponsor a series of Perspectives, events that reach out to the local community, and we are working to build more links with other Humanities organizations.