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.

2019-2020 Seminars

You’ve come a long way baby?: History, Art, Cinema and change since the radical 1920s

With Drs. Elsie Walker, Kara French and Elizabeth Kauffman

Faculty members from History, Art, and Cinema Studies examine changing roles and representations of women since the suffrage movement.  Professors Kara French (History), Liz Kauffman (Art/University Galleries), and Elsie Walker (English/Film Studies) identify moments of progression, regression, and transformation.

The World We’ll Make: Environmental Utopias in Literature, Film, and Visual Art

With Drs. Ryan Conrath and Shane Hall

  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 10 am - 3 pm
  • Conway Hall (TE) 179

What does the future have in store for Earth—for us? This seminar tackles that question by looking at how creative writers and visual artists depict environmental futures, while also interrogating how we ourselves anticipate the future in a world of climate change. Join Dr. Ryan Conrath (English/Film) and Dr. Shane Hall (Environmental Studies) for a series of creative activities (games, writing/sketching) and critical exercises (examining visual art and works of short film and fiction) to collectively imagine environmental futures in the present.

Fake News, Facebook, Bots and Memes: Politics and the Use of Social Media in the 21st Century

With Drs. Jennifer Cox and Adam Hoffman

  • Saturday, February 29, 2020 10 am - 3 pm
  • Conway Hall (TE) 179

 In less than ten years, the internet and social media has radically changed almost every aspect of our lives, none more so that the political world. Join Dr. Jennifer Cox (Communication Arts) and Dr. Adam Hoffman (Political Science) to discuss the rapid transformation of social media from our early optimism that it would be used to enhance democracy and civil discourse, to one of the current reality where authoritarian governments, and foreign and domestic actors manipulate public opinion to gain political advantage.