Humanities Day 2012 Coverage

Talks at the 34th Humanities Day ranged from stories about being a soap opera actress in China to the relationship between reason and the unconscious.

By The Maroon Staff

On Saturday, October 20, the Division of the Humanities highlighted the work of University faculty during the 34th Humanities Day. Richard Strier, the Frank L. Sulzberger Distinguished Service professor of English Language and Literature delivered the day’s keynote address titled “Shakespeare’s Prejudices: Shrews and Jews.”

“Reason and the Freudian Unconscious” with Candace Vogler—There is a connection between reason and the unconscious, the David B. and Clara E. Stern professor of philosophy argued.

“The Art of Writing Through Reading” with Megan Stielstra, Rachel DeWoskin, and Leila Wilson—three faculty members from the Committee on Creative Writing shared their original work.

“Alien Classics: The Western Cannon in Modern China” with Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer—20th century Chinese thinkers looked to Athens and the West to shape a new China, according to Classics professor Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer.

“Kings and Salesmen” with Ted Cohen—Professor Ted Cohen dissected the tragedy of kings and the common man.