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What forms might humanist education take in the era of new models for the University, for-profit outfits such as Phoenix University or NYU’s recent development as a “Global Network University”? What skills and values might humanist disciplines foster in students and scholars today, in a moment when traditional forms of pedagogy, professional praxis, and disciplinary norms that shaped the organization of knowledge in the modern university are being challenged by new technologies of communication and new strategies of corporate governance? This course will survey scholarly and public debates related to the fate of humanist education in the contemporary University, analyzing historical, critical, and theoretical perspectives related to the social history of knowledge, textual practices and media literacies, the global expansion of liberal education, and other topics. Students will also have the opportunity to pursue independent research and writing projects; doctoral seminar credit is available for this course.

Goals of the Course

  1. Acquire experience in collaborative research in the humanities
  2. Experience with practice-based learning through experimentation with SCALAR, an interactive, multi-modal platform for scholarly publication
  3. Develop useful concepts and practices for humanist modes of inquiry in the 21st century

Key words

Culture, Publics, Habit, Discipline, Vocation, Profession, Networks

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