Humanities Dialogues

Attention all Undergrads interested in languages, world cultures, and/or the Humanities:

You are invited to participate in a series of meetings, where you will discover how words/concepts essential to the human experience across cultures have acquired different meanings in different languages due to specific historical, social, political, and cultural contexts.

At each meeting, you will have the opportunity to discuss one word/concept drawing upon your life experience, background, studies, and knowledge of cultural phenomena that interest you, including literature, current events, and pop culture. You can attend one, several, or all meetings. Student drop-ins are welcome and encouraged!

These dialogues will culminate in a final Symposium where participants – who have attended at least two discussions – are eligible to present a 10-minute research paper. Discussions and presentations will be in English and may include citations in the studied language.

Attend Humanities Dialogues to:

  • Enjoy a laid-back atmosphere with thought-provoking conversations about key topics that have influenced our world for centuries and continue to be relevant today
  • Fine tune your critical thinking, research, and presentation skills
  • Meet fellow students who share your interest in languages, world cultures, and the Humanities
  • Compete for prizes, including a $300 award for the 1st Place Final Presentation!

Spring quarter meetings will take place online via Zoom at the time indicated below

Spring 2020:
from 1:00pm-2:30pm

Week 2: Friday, April 10 | MEMORY
Week 4: Friday, April 24 | GOOD & EVIL
Week 6: Friday, May 8 | BODY

Week 9: Friday, May 29 | HUMAN
Zoom meeting link
Meeting ID: 996-8069-9310
Please e-mail Professor Laurence Denié-Higney to request the password.

Humanities Dialogues Spring 2020 RSVP

Fall 2019
from 2:00pm-3:15pm

Week 3: Friday, October 18 | EDUCATION
Week 4: Friday, October 25 | SOCIETY
Week 6: Friday, November 8 | RIGHTS & PRIVILEGES
Week 7: Friday, November 15 | FREEDOM

Winter 2020
from 1:00pm-2:15pm

Week 3: Friday, January 24 | FAMILY
Week 5: Friday, February 7 | FINANCE
Week 7: Friday, February 21 | MEDIA & REALITY
Week 9: Friday, March 6 | ARTS & AESTHETICS