English and Theatre Studies seminar: Associate Professor Kathryn Temple - What do we do when we "do" the humanities?: Shame, Performance and Justice

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 16:30 - 17:30

The humanities is often described as "under siege," attacked by politicians, seen as a no-future field of study by our students' parents, and underfunded by state and national governments.

Meanwhile, those of us in the humanities make claims for our fields as arenas for the teaching of critical thinking, as crucial to democracy and creating democratic populations, and as places where compassion and empathy are taught. Yet when asked what difference our work makes, we are often reduced to generalities. In this paper, I want to frame a discussion of my work on shame and the just performance of the law within this larger issue of the value of the humanities. What difference(s) might this work make in contemporary understandings of law and justice?

Seminars will be held throughout the semester on Wednesdays at 4.30pm in the John Medley (Building 191) fourth floor linkway. All are welcome. Questions about the seminar can be directed to email Sarah Balkin or email Joe Hughes.


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4th floor Linkway, John Medley (Building 191)