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The Arts & Humanities in the 21st Century

The stated mission of the College of Arts and Humanities is: “To create global citizens equipped to assess received opinion, make independent judgments, and value the transforming power of the imagination.” In our teaching, learning, research and service, we aim to understand the people, cultures and histories of our increasingly global society and to broaden our wisdom about how to live a meaningful, creative and generous life amidst the rich diversity of this world.  Simply put, our goal for the students, faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Humanities is to “BE WORLDWISE.”

This site gathers together the College’s collective exploration of what it means to “Be Worldwise.” Here you will find the booklet, “BE WORLDWISE : A Guide to the Arts and Humanities in the 21st Century.” Written specifically for undergraduate students entering a major in ARHU, we hope it will also spark conversation among a broader community. Join the conversation by sharing your thoughts on the guide’s Facebook and/or Twitter sites (Use hashtag #ARHUDLS when sharing messages on Twitter).

The WORLDWISE Arts and Humanities Dean's Lecture Series is partnering with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) to extend the conversation of a significant, recently launch campaign called The Heart of the Matter. The Academy convened the Commission on the Humanities and Social  Sciences to advance a dialogue on the importance of the humanities and social sciences to the future of our nation. 

This season we will discuss the role of arts and humanities  in shaping our global future. This year's exciting line-up include actor John Lithgow and historian Annette Gordon-Reed, both AAAS commision members. Also joining us this year is lawyer and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Executive Director Anthony Romero.

You can also see videos of our previous lecture series guests (where permission granted) including last year's line-up of award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus Chimamanda Adichie, and Professor of English at Duke University, renowned Digital Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies scholar Cathy Davidson. Previous years have included  award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones, world-renowned linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky, former Baltimore Sun reporter David Simon, who went on to create, write, and produce one of the most critically acclaimed television series in recent history - HBO's The Wire, and iconic activist, writer and philosopher Angela Davis.

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