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Adventures in Ideas: Humanities Seminars

Sponsored by the Fulton School of Liberal Arts and the Whaley Family Foundation. Adventures in Ideas Humanities seminars feature outstanding faculty from the Fulton School of Liberal Arts exploring important social, cultural, or moral topics.

2021-2022 Seminars

Sponsored by the Fulton School of Liberal Arts and the Whaley Family Foundation, this three-part series features outstanding Fulton School faculty exploring important social, cultural, or moral topics. Attend any or all events in this series.

  • $30 each or $75 for 3 via University Tickets
  • Continental breakfast and boxed lunch are included

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Public Memory and Monuments: The Civil War in the Present

  • Date & Time: Saturday, October 16, 10am - 3pm
  • Location: Conway Hall 179

Speakers: Donald Whaley (emerita History), James Burton (Communication), and Creston Long (Nabb Research Center)

How do we remember our common past? Who should decide? What is overlooked? The recent furor over Confederate monuments has revived such questions with renewed urgency. Drs. Donald Whaley (emerita history), Creston Long (history/Nabb Center), and Jim Burton (communication) will interrogate the social history of Civil War monuments, their current status on the Eastern shore and related legal challenges, and the changing reputation of The Birth of a Nation (1915) which President Woodrow Wilson described as “like writing history with lightning.” Part 1 of 3.


Understanding Death, While We Keep Living

  • Date & Time: Saturday, February 19, 10 am – 3pm
  • Location: Conway Hall 179

Speakers: Meredith Patterson (Psychology), Elsie Walker (English), and Yujia Song (Philosophy)

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we’ve all had to face death in new ways. How can philosophy, psychology, and cinema studies help us? Drs. Yujia Song (philosophy and health humanities), Meredith Patterson (psychology), and Elsie Walker (English/film studies) will use an eye-opening and uplifting range of examples for exploring one of the greatest challenges we all have to face—from the philosophy of grief as an experience made possible by our experiences of love and attachment, to psychological studies of grieving, end-of-life decision making, and care-giving, to the wildly different stories of dying and renewal in Life of Pi (2012) and Nomadland (2020). Part 2 of 3.


Speaking of the Common Good//Hablando del Bien Común: Three Perspectives on Community Humanities

  • Date & Time: Saturday, March 12, 10 am – 3pm
  • Location: Conway Hall 179

Speakers: Timothy Stock (Philosophy), Michele Schlehofer (Psychology), and Corinne Pubill (Modern Languages)

When we want someone to speak to our common good, who should we ask? ¿Qué idioma usar y a quién incluímos cuando usamos el "nosotros"? Our pandemic year has underscored the reality of ethical isolation: from provisions of health, happiness and belonging. It has also opened new opportunities for listening, understanding and repair. Drs. Corinne Pubill (modern languages), Michele Schlehofer (psychology), Timothy Stock (philosophy) describe voices shared via the Lower Shore Vulnerable Population Task Force and REACH ethics initiatives. Our shared humanity is at the center of a conversation about language, justice, public responsibility, and reevaluating who is included and who is isolated from the public good. Part 3 of 3.