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 for 2021-2022, please contact Professor Jess Keiser (English). He will send PDFs of the readings to participants a few weeks before each meeting date.

2021-2022 Readings

Friday, October 1, 2021 | 12:00-1:30 pm
Seminar Room, 48 Professors Row, Medford
Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio with essays by Michael Fried and Leo Bersani. Jarman’s film is streaming on Kanopy

Friday, November 12, 2021 | 12:00-1:15 pm
Register on Zoom
selections from Monica Huerta’s Magical Habits and Fred Moten’s Black and Blur: consent not to be a single being


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