"Any humanist hoping to engage with a skeptical or curious public should read this book." Michael Bérubé, Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Pennsylvania State University
My most recent book, The Humanities "Crisis" and the Future of Literary Studies, analyzes the current plight of the humanities and explores ways to explain their value that push beyond the debilitating rhetoric of crisis that currently surrounds them (please follow the link above for more information about the book). I expand on the book's argument in "How Not to Defend the Liberal Arts" in the October 27th edition of Inside Higher Ed, and in a December interview I did with Connections. In the past few months I've spoken about the future of the humanities at the Center for 21st Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Purdue Calumet University, and at Wayne State University (click here to watch video of my talk there). In August I'll be speaking about the future of the liberal arts at Centre College in Kentucky, and in September I'll be participating in a two-day symposium commemorating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in Baltimore, Maryland.
My last, book, Global Matters: The Transnational Turn in Literary Studies (2010) is out in electronic editions at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com. Please see the link above for reviews and discussion of the book, and click Publications for articles of mine available online.
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