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Core Issues in Public Discourse on the Humanities

(Monday, November 14, 2011, 1-3 pm, South Hall 2509)

We have divided the readings according to four broad categories that might help frame our discussion on Thursday. We propose that we do as many readings as we can, and at least one per category, and then organize our thoughts and discussion around three guiding lines corresponding to the scope of our group:

1) Similar tropes, images, framings of the humanities across the readings
2) The story/ies these tropes tell about the humanities
3) The audiences implied by/addressed in these stories

1) The so-called “crisis” of the humanities (Fish, Davidson)

2) Defining the Humanities Today

3) Emerging models for the Humanities of the present-future (Davidson-Goldberg, Shanks)

4) Framing public discourse

  • Ganz, Marshall. “The Power of Story in Social Movements.” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. August 2001. (available as PDF in 4Humanities@RFG Private Library)
  • Lakoff, George. “Framing 101: How to take back Public Discourse.” Don’t Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate. White River, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2004. (available as PDF in 4Humanities@RFG Private Library)
  • Mooney, Chris. “The Science of Why We Don’t Believe in Science.” Mother Jones, May/June 2011. http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/03/denial-science-chris-mooney
  • Rifkin, Jeremy. “The Empathic Civilisation.” RSA Animate. May 6, 2010. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7AWnfFRc7g

All readings available as PDF’s in 4Humanities@RFG Private Library (For the password, please contact the 4Humanities@UCSB research assistant: Lindsay Thomas.)