The Future of the Humanities

A faculty seminar with with Prof. Michael Holquist, eminent Slavic comparatist, translator of Mikhail Bakhtin, and past President of the Modern Language Association

April 12, 2012, Marshall Building 490, University of Arizona

Preparatory readings:

Kronman, Anthony. Education’s End:  Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life.  New Haven:  Yale UP, 2007. Chapter 3: The Research Ideal and Chapter 5: Spirit in an Age of Science. (Notes to Ch 3 / Ch 5)

Menand, Louis. The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University. New York:  W. W. Norton. 2010. Chapter 2: The Humanities Revolution and Chapter 3: Interdisciplinarity and Anxiety.

Holquist, Michael:  “Measuring the Humanities: The Slippery Slope from Assessment to Standardization,” in Literary Study, Measurement, and the Sublime: Disciplinary Assessment.  ed. Donna Heiland and Laura Rosenthal.New York: The Teagle Foundation, 2011, pp. 69-94.