Stanley Fish - What Are the Humanities Worth?
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Student Center (Lincoln Park), 314 2250 N Sheffield Ave
On Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 (6:00 pm in room 314 of the DePaul Student Center), prominent literary theorist and New York Times columnist Stanley Fish will present:
What are the Humanities Worth?
“This talk considers two recent books in the ‘crisis of the humanities’ genre, and finds in them opposing attitudes toward what both authors see as the accelerating decline of the humanities.
One author is trying to think up strategies for slowing down the decline; the other believes that the decline and eventual demise can't happen fast enough. After drawing out these positions, Fish makes a distinction between the humanities in general and the academic study of the humanities, and then asks what would be lost if the latter were allowed to wither.”
Stanley Fish is the Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor and a professor of law at Florida International University, in Miami, and dean emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has also taught at the University of California at Berkeley, Johns Hopkins and Duke University, in Durham, N.C. Fish is the author of 10 books, including "How Milton Works," "The Trouble With Principle", "Professional Correctness: Literary Studies and Political Change" and "There's No Such Thing as Free Speech, and It's a Good Thing, Too." His essays and articles have appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Harper's Magazine, Esquire, The Atlantic and The New York Times.
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