Civic Humanities course (Spring 2019)
This week we welcome Prof. David Edwards (SEAS, Harvard, and Le Laboratoire) to talk to us about ‘Making Things.’
When: February 26, 2019
Where: Barker Hall 024
Course Details: Romance Studies 205
Civic Humanities offers proactive responses to current challenges that share symptoms of waning sociability, a quickened pace of life that becomes impatient with deliberation from multiple perspectives and therefore puts at risk hard-won advances in intellectual life and self-government.
Led by Prof. Doris Sommer, the course explores the arts and humanistic interpretation through a centuries-long tradition of civic engagement. Here the humanities are a site for promoting innovation and skills for active citizenship. Democracy and aesthetic judgment developed together to project citizens as co-artists of social constructions. Readings in this tradition of enlightened aesthetics include Kant, Schiller, Dewey, Freire, Gramsci, Ranciere, Mockus, Boal, Kester, Elster, Nussbaum, and Pasolini.
Guest lectures by colleagues from a variety of fields will develop specific areas of innovation and introduce students to potential mentors for future interventions and research projects.
If you are a Harvard Graduate student, course details can be found here.