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Humanities Lecture Series

The Society of American Archivists states in its "core values" that "[a]rchivists recognize that primary sources enable people to examine the past and thereby gain insights into the human experience. Archival materials provide surrogates for human memory, both individually and collectively, and when properly maintained, they serve as evidence against which individual and social memory can be tested."

The 2018-19 Humanities Lecture Series, "Searching the Archives," focuses on the importance of archival research to humanities-based inquiry. In art, foreign languages, history, literary studies, philosophy, religion, rhetoric, and writing, archives play a major role in defining what it means to engage the present and see the possibilities for the future through discovering the past. 

A class being held outside the Humanities Center at York College
Matt Kaiser
Matt Kaiser: Everyone Needs the Humanities
Oct. 4, 2018, 7 p.m.
Humanities, Room 218
Join us as Kaiser, a philosophy student turned lawyer, explores the impact the humanities have had on his life and career.
Humanities Outside the Humanities
Nov. 29, 2018, 7 p.m.
Humanities, Room 218
Join us as we bring back humanities alumni and discuss how their education in the liberal arts has shaped who they are.
Joan Forry
Joan Forry: Thinking Critically About Puppies
Feb. 7, 2019, 7 p.m.
Humanities, Room 218
Former philosopher, Forry left academia to become a dog trainer. She is enrolled in the Academy of Dog Trainers, the most rigorous science-based canine behavior and training education program in the world.
Beyond the Books
Mar. 28, 2019, 7 p.m.
Humanities, Room 218
The stereotype is that professors spend all their time in the “ivory tower”, separate from the world, engaging only with books and other scholars. Join us as we explore how our faculty connect “town and gown” by engaging in civil life and informing scholarship by practice.
Jessica Abel
Writer-in-Residence: Jessica Abel
Apr. 4, 2019, 7 p.m.
DeMeester Recital Hall
Cartoonist, author, and educator Jessica Abel is the author of Growing Gills: How to Find Creative Focus When You’re Drowning in Your Daily Life, the graphic novel La Perdida, (winner of the 2002 “Best New Series” Harvey Award), Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars, and two collections of stories from her omnibus comic book Artbabe.
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