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Humanities Symposium

2018 Humanities Symposium


February 19-23, 2018

Call For Participation

The weeklong Humanities symposium serves as an opportunity for the college and wider community to engage in meaningful interdisciplinary conversations that investigate any aspect of “home.” As we approach 2018, the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, we are acutely aware of the complexities of the word “home.”  The weeklong Humanities Symposium will serve as an opportunity to explore these complexities.  Possible topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Differing conceptions of home across faith traditions and /or sacred texts
  • Representations of home in creative and/or public art
  • Art’s (literature, image, story) influence on our understanding of home 
  • Immigration
  • Homelessness, fair housing, or abandoned housing
  • Neighborhoods, gentrification, resilience schools, and congregations
  • Differing conceptions of home throughout history
  • Geography’s influence on home design and relationships among neighbors
  • Public policy’s influence on our conceptions of home and/or hospitality

In anticipation of a rich dialogue across disciplines, we welcome individual or collaborative proposals for symposium sessions or events from all departments, faculty members, campus offices, community members, college alumni and student groups. Past symposiums have included student colloquia, film and discussion, lectures, poster sessions, multimedia presentations and artistic performances such as dance, film, music poetry, visual and virtual exhibitions and the list goes on.

We encourage you to consider how your own perspective, discipline, or creative capacities can contribute to this very timely conversation. If you have ideas or questions about a proposal you’d like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Click here to submit your proposal 

All proposals must be submitted no later than Friday, October 6, 2017.

If you have ideas or questions about a proposal you’d like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Jean T. Corey
Director, Center for Public Humanities
717 766-2511 ext. 2097,


Edwidge Danticat: "Home"

Keynote Lecture

Thursday, February 22, 2018
7:30 pm, Parmer Hall

Celebrated author and activist, Edwidge Danticat’s books include Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah’s Book Club selection, Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist, and The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner, and The Dew Breaker. Her memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, was a  2007 finalist for the National Book Award and a 2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography.

She is the editor of several books including, The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Diaspora in the United States. She has written six books for young adults and children, as well as a travel narrative. She is a 2009 MacArthur Fellow and the 2016 recipient of the Toni Morrison Award.

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