Faculty Working Groups

Humanities Reading Group

The Humanities Reading Group, involving faculty from across the arts and humanities departments, meets several times a semester to discuss readings on the role of the humanities in public life.

If you would like to participate in the Humanities Reading Group, please contact Professor John Lurz (English). He will send PDFs of the readings to participants a few weeks before each meeting date.

2020-2021 Readings

Friday, October 2, 2020 | 12:00-1:30 pm
Zoom meeting
Chris Marker’s film, Sans Soleil (Sunless)
*John will send a streaming link for the film*

Friday, November 13, 2020 | 12:00-1:30 pm
Zoom meeting
Selections from Sianne Ngai, The Theory of the Gimmick: Aesthetic Judgment and Capitalist Form

Friday, February 12, 2021 | 12:00-1:30 PM
Zoom meeting
Sylvia Wynter, “Towards the Sociogenic Principle: Fanon, Identity, the Puzzle of Conscious Experience, and What It is Like to Be ‘Black'” 

2019-2020 Readings

Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 12:00 pm
Seminar Room, 48 Professors Row, Medford
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters on Cezanne

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | 12:00 pm
Seminar Room, 48 Professors Row, Medford
Haun Saussy, selections from The Ethnography of Rhythm: Orality and its Technologies

Thursday, February 13, 2019 | 12:00 PM
Seminar Room, 48 Professors Row, Medford
Saidiya Hartman, selections from Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval