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Conviviality and conversation

Once a month, the Humanities Center invites faculty members to gather for lunch and discussion of an important issue for our community.

Each lunch is hosted by a faculty leader who will pre-circulate a short reading.  This could be an article from the popular press or an original "one-pager" summarizing a pressing question or issue of broad interest to humanities faculty. Possible topics could include emerging fields of study, curricular issues, teaching challenges, or broad questions about university policy. They might also focus on issues important for faculty at particular career stages (for example, the tenure dossier, how to balance research and teaching, promotion to full professor). Sessions on "Humanities Futures" are of particular interest.

The center will make readings available a week in advance on this page. Participants are encouraged to read in advance but also welcome to come enjoy lunch and catch up on the fly.

Faculty interested in hosting a session are welcome to contact the director of the center, Tim Melley.

2023-24 Lunch Forums

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 12 pm to 1 pm, Bachelor 337
“A Future for the Humanities at Miami” with Nathan French

Thursday, November 16 at 12 pm to 1 pm, Bachelor 337
"The Burden of Proof Is on the Language Police" with Carey Hardin

Thursday, February 1 at 12 pm to 1 pm, Bachelor 337
"How We Talk about the Humanities" with Pepper Stetler

Wednesday, February 28 at 12 pm to 1 pm, Bachelor 337
"How We Explain Our Disciplines to Students" with Gaile Pohlhaus

Thursday, April 25 at 12 pm to 1 pm, Bachelor 337
"Are the Benefits of the Humanities a Goal or a Byproduct of Our Curricula?" with Ronald Becker

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