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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 provides an opportunity for the college faculty, students and staff to join together with colleagues across campus for stimulating conversation about issues that cross our disciplines. Lectures and performances may address either enduring or emerging questions central to the arts and humanities, or questions arising from other disciplines to which the arts and humanities might speak. In addition to presenting a major public event, each lecturer interacts in smaller settings with faculty, graduate students and/or undergraduates. Lectures and performances in the series may be co-sponsored with particular programs, centers, or departments within the college, with other colleges, and with external organizations. All Dean's Lecture Series events are free (ticketed) and open to the public.

This year we are excited to welcome Walter Isaacson—biographer, journalist and CEO of the Aspen Institute—in conversation with Sheri Parks as well as environmental humanist Terry Tempest Williams.

You can see videos of our previous lecture series guests (where permission was granted) including last year's line-up of actor John Lithgow and historian Annette Gordon-Reed. Both lecture series guests are members of the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, our partner in extending the conversation on a campaign called The Heart of the Matter. Additionally last year, we brought in Lawyer and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Executive Director Anthony Romero. Previous years include 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, as well as 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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