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The Place of the Humanities

Si monumentum requiris, circumspice By Carol Symes             There’s an image that never fails to move me.  I saw it for the first time in January of 2002, on my first visit to Urbana-Champaign:  I was a candidate for a … Continue reading

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The Place of the Humanities

A Kind of Usefulness By Gabriel Solis At the beginning of the Spring semester 2010, when the University of Illinois administration announced that all employees would take mandatory furlough days, I was interviewed by the News Gazette, our local paper. … Continue reading

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The Place of the Humanities

EAT, PRAY, PUKE: WACKY ATTEMPTS AT COOKING UP POLITICS AMIDST AMERICA’S FOOD TRAVEL MANIA Martin F. Manalansan IV In the past twenty years, a massive tidal wave of food travel spectacles such as books, television shows and movies have hit the American … Continue reading

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Vampire Studies Willis Goth Regier The humanities remind us how inspiring and playful human life can be. They also confront fears, anxieties, and monsters of the night. Take vampires, for instance, formerly a local problem in Transylvania and now spread … Continue reading

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The Place of the Humanities

“The Place of the Humanities in Social Movements, Class, and the Black Public: An Incomplete Representation” By Clarence Lang No humanities scholar arrives at a research agenda in a void.  To some extent, the work of the humanities – which … Continue reading

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Geographies of Risk: a Conference and Book Exhibit By Eleonora Stoppino NOTE: This exhibit has been extended and will be on view until November 24th! Since the 1990s, risk has emerged as a central category in disciplines as different as … Continue reading

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The Place of the Humanities

“Mobilizing Technologies of Observation, Or Observing Technologies of Mobility?: Some Initial Questions From the Middle of a Practice, Formed in Part While Riding in an Air-conditioned Corn Combine, That Could Have Been Considered While Riding in My Air-conditioned Car” By Ryan … Continue reading

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The Place of the Humanities

The Humanist Workplace The place of the humanities has been imagined as an ivory tower for so long and so pervasively that every claim for the humanities as a public force finds itself on the defensive.   We humanists may argue … Continue reading

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