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Laura McGrane, Associate Professor of English and the Koshland Director of the John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities at Haverford College recently visited Carleton. She presented two public talks.
Her first talk, 'a pumkin and a pine-apple': The Transatlantic Incarnate in William Dunlap's Comedy," was hosted by the Carleton English Department, and took place on Wednesday, April 24th in Leighton 304.
Her second talk, "The User Paradox in the Classroom," was hosted by the Humanities Center on Thursday, April 25th, in the Gould Library Athenaeum. Professor McGrane, a leader in the Tri-College Digital Humanities collaborative initiative, explored changes to ways of reading and absorbing text (among other things) in the digital age in her talk.
James C. Scott, the Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology at Yale and Director of the Program in Agrarian Studies, led a special Humanities Center Faculty Seminar on Tuesday, April 16th at 4:30 pm in Leighton 304.
He also presented a public talk, Two Cheers for Anarchism, in Sayles-Hill 251, on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. See also: Political Science. Professor Scott's visit was arranged by Tun Myint and Tricia Peterson of the Political Science Department and is co-sponsored by Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, Political Science Department, Sociology Department, the History Lefler Fund, and the Humanities Center.
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.
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.
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.