The Humanities and the Rise of the Terabytes - Virtual Registration

Mar 30, 2023 |
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A decade has passed since the publication of The Heart of the Matter, the influential report on the value of the humanities by the Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. It’s time to take stock: what has happened to the humanities over the past 10 years, and what might we do to better support them in the future?

Danielle Allen, a member of the Commission that authored the report, will begin the discussion with remarks on “The Humanities and the Rise of the Terabytes,” reflecting on the humanities as a historical and contemporary practice in an age of digital superabundance. Following her remarks, arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown will join her for a conversation exploring practical applications for the humanities, what works and what doesn’t for asserting their value, and their role in contemporary political debates and culture wars.

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This event is offered in partnership with the National Humanities Center, which will host a series of related conversations that build on The Heart of the Matter and discuss how to restore the vitality of the humanities. The Center will present a virtual panel discussion featuring writer Amitav Ghosh, NEH Chair Shelly Lowe, American historian Nancy MacLean (William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy, Duke University) and NHC President and Director Robert D. Newman on April 4. An evening keynote address from Mr. Ghosh at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University will follow.