UIC Institute for the Humanities


Conferences

The Institute for the Humanities, University of Illinois at Chicago
and 
The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign
present

THE HUMANITIES AND THE PUBLIC UNIVERSITY :

THE VIEW FROM ILLINOIS

This initiative will treat the University of Illinois as a paradigmatic public university in the United States today. Serving multicultural populations that are both urban and rural, the University of Illinois brings the local and global resources of a leading research university to the social and cultural communities that characterize the modern world. Bringing together leading humanists, the initiative will take the form of two day-long conferences, one on October 20, 2006 at UIUC; and the second on March 9, 2007 at UIC. The first will thematize the teaching of the humanities. The second will focus on the politics and culture of the humanities. The goal is to explore the ways in which the public university can maintain and embrace its critical role in modeling and disseminating humanistic knowledge in the twenty-first century.

These programs are free and open to the public.

OCTOBER 20, 2006

TEACHING THE HUMANITIES AT THE PUBLIC UNIVERSITY 
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN 

Levis Faculty Center Third Floor, 
919 West Illinois Street, UIUC, Urbana

10:00 A.M. Welcoming and Opening Remarks 
Richard Herman, Chancellor, UIUC

10:15 A.M. Keynote Address 
Gerald Graff, English, UIC 
Cathy Birkenstein-Graff , English, UIC 
Demystifying Academia

1:15 P.M. Panel I Between Intellectual and Multicultural Diversity 
Chair: Dale Bauer, English, UIUC 
Panelists: 
James Anderson , Educational Policy Studies, UIUC 
Madhu Dubey, English and African American Studies, UIC 
Walter Benn Michaels, English, UIC 
James Treat, Native American House, UIUC

3:15 P.M. Panel II The Humanities in an Age of Fundamentalism 
Chair: Vernon Burton, History, UIUC 
Panelists: 
Antoinette Burton, History, UIUC and Sundiata Cha-Jua , African American Studies, UIUC 
Paul Griffiths, Catholic Studies and Classics and Mediterranean Studies, UIC 
Stephen Hartnett, Speech Communication, UIUC 
Rachel Havrelock , Jewish Studies and English, UIC

MARCH 9, 2007

THE POLITICS AND CULTURE OF THE HUMANITIES 
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO 

Institute for the Humanities, Lower level, Stevenson Hall 
701 South Morgan Street, UIC, Chicago

10:00 A.M. Welcoming Remarks: 
Sylvia Manning, Chancellor, UIC

10:15 A.M. Keynote Address 
Cary Nelson, English, UIUC 
The End of Education

1:15 P.M. Panel I The Future of Humanistic Labor 
Chair: John D'Emilio , History and Gender and Women's Studies, UIC 
Panelists:
Leon Fink, History, UIC 
Barbara Ransby, African American Studies and History, UIC 
Michael Rothberg, English and Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, UIUC 
Arlene Torres, Latina/Latino Studies and Anthropology, UIUC

3:15 P.M. Panel II Humanistic Literacy in an Anti-Intellectual Culture 
Chair: Astrida Tantillo, Germanic Studies, UIC 
Panelists:
Lennard Davis, English and Disability Studies, UIC 
William Maxwell, English, UIUC 
Charles Mills, Philosophy, UIC 
Catherine Prendergast, English, UIUC

To request disability accommodations, please contact: 
At UIC: Linda Vavra, 312-996-6354, lvavra@uic.edu
At UIUC: Christine Catanzarite, 217-244-7913, catanzar@uiuc.edu


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Institute for the Humanities (MC206)
701 South Morgan, Lower Level / Stevenson Hall
Chicago, IL 60607-7040

Phone (312) 996-6352   Fax (312) 996-2938
Email huminst@uic.edu

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