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 2016-17 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.