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Hent de Vries Appointed at the Chaire de Métaphysique Etienne Gilson

Hent de Vries has been appointed as the 2018 Titulaire de la Chaire de Métaphysique Etienne Gilson at the Institut Catholique in Paris. In that capacity, he will present six public lectures in March 2018, which will be published by the Presses Universitaires de France. The endowed chair and lecture series commemorates the work of the well-known twentieth-century medievalist and Descartes specialist, Etienne Gilson. Earlier chair holders include Pierre Aubenque, Alain de Libera, Jean-Luc Marion, Stanley Rosen, Stéphane Moses, Jean-Louis Chrétien, Francis Jacques, Jean Greisch, Jean Grondin, Rémi Braque, and Cathérine Chalier.

New Positions for Current and Former Members of the Department

The Humanities Center is proud to congratulate the following graduate student, postdoc, and alumnus on their recent acceptance of new positions:​

Nicole Jerr -​ Assistant Professor of English in the English Department at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado.

Daniel Schwartz—Assistant Professor in German and Russian Cinema, De​partment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, McGill University

Sebastian Lecourt—Assistant Professor of English and American Literature, Department of English, University of Houston​

Tarek Dika—Assistant Professor in History of Philosophy, Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame​

Michael Fried Decorated in France

The Humanities Center congratulates Michael Fried on his being honored by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. Professor Fried has been named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of his significant contributions to furthering the arts and literature in France and throughout the world. The award reflects a recognition of decades of important scholarship by Michael Fried in the areas of French painting, art criticism, and literature.

Master's Program in Humanistic Studies

   The Humanities Center offers a
   Master of Arts degree in Humanistic

   Please click here for more information.

The Edge of Privacy

The Humanities Center is pleased to announce three seminars by Anita LaFrance Allen,  Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, and Associate of the Humanities Center.


   Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016
   "Privacy or Art?" 

   Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016
   "Is There Room for a Closet?" 

   Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016
   "Are Y​ou Obliged to Protect
   Your Own Privacy?"

Call for Papers "The Making of the Humanities V"

The Fifth Making of the Humanities conference to be held at Johns Hopkins University,  5–7 October 2016, brings together scholars interested in the history of the humanities disciplines, including archaeology, art history, historiography, linguistics, literary studies, musicology, philology, and media studies, tracing these fields from their earliest developments to the modern day.
We welcome paper and panel submissions on any period or region. We are especially interested in work that transcends the history of specific humanities disciplines by comparing scholarly practices across disciplines and civilizations.
Keynote Speakers will be Karine Chemla (CNRS & Université Paris Diderot), Anthony Grafton (Princeton), and Sarah Kay (NYU).
Selected conference papers will be published in the new journal History of Humanities. The journal is also open for direct submissions.


Past Events

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