Humanities Reading Group

The Humanities Reading Group, involving faculty from across the arts and humanities departments, meets several times a semester to discuss readings on the role of the humanities in public life.

October 4, 2017, 6:00-7:30 pm, CHAT Conference Room
Our first discussion will focus on a selection from Hannah Arendt's The Human Condition (on the vita activa and the vita contemplativa.) For a PDF of the selection, please contact John Lurz.

November 8, 6:00-7:00 pm, CHAT Conference Room
The second meeting will focus on psychoanalysis from both theoretical and clinical perspectives. The group will read two essays in psychoanalysis: Jean Laplanche's "Seduction, Persecution, Revelation," and a recent, more clinical discussion of similar issues by Mary Target, "A Developmental Model of Sexual Excitement, Desire, and Alienation."

In the spring semester, we will read the work of Branka Arsić, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. On February 13-14, 2018 Professor Professor Arsić will be a Distinguished Visitor at CHAT, and will both present a public lecture and hold a seminar meeting with the Humanities Reading Group.

History of the Book Group

The History of the Book Group involves faculty and librarians from art history, classics, history, music, philosophy and literary studies. The fall meeting of the History of the Book group will take place on Nov 7, from 3-4:30pm, in the Austin Room of Tisch library. Laura Light, of Les Enluminures, will guide us through an examination of our newly acquired Latin Bible (France 1240-1260). We will spend time brainstorming ideas for use in the classroom. Please invite colleagues and advanced graduate students to attend. A special thanks to Dorothy Meaney, Christopher Barbour, and Lisa Lowe for making this event possible.