[Harvard Programming]

Meeting on Cases for Culture

When: December 4th, 2018 | 12pm to 6pm

Where: Harvard Business School

Cases for Culture is a new area of interdisciplinary work toward formulating a new hybrid approach to the case method. It combines measurable sciences and speculative humanities in ways that can respond to warning signs on either side of the current divide between STEM and the Liberal Arts.

Despite the inclusion of A for arts in a broader STEAM agenda, the role of humanistic interpretation remains sorely missing. Reciprocally, the humanities often ignore the value of quantitative as well as qualitative evaluation, even in research that claims social efficacy. A hybrid research agenda would offer the existing case method added elements of interpretation and speculation, to explore processes and articulate general observations. And humanistic research would benefit as well by responding to an implicit ethical imperative to evaluate the impact of publicly oriented interventions of arts and interpretation.

This meeting invites several thought leaders to think along with us about a mixed genre that would help us to learn what works, what doesn’t, and why.

Invitation by invite only.

For more details, please contact Prof. Doris Sommer at dsommer@fas.harvard.edu