The Council of the Humanities was founded in 1953 to foster teaching, research and intellectual exchange. In close collaboration with departments and programs, it brings together faculty, students, guest scholars, writers and artists in a wide variety of venues. The Council also sponsors a broad range of courses in humanistic studies and in journalism. The Humanities Council is located in the Andlinger Center for the Humanities, named in honor of the generous benefactor, Gerhard R. Andlinger '52. The Center is a complex of four buildings at the heart of campus. The historic Joseph Henry House, once the home of the great physicist, is now the headquarters of the Humanities Council, the Society of Fellows and the Ferris McGraw Robbins Program in Journalism. The Scheide Caldwell House next door, a gift of William H. Scheide '36, brings together a wide array of interdisciplinary programs. East Pyne houses language and literature departments, while the Chancellor Green rotunda and café offer space for study, discussion and relaxation.
Amin Maalouf, a Lebanese-born French journalist, novelist and essayist, and a member of the Académie Française, will visit campus from April 6-17 as an Old Dominion Fellow and a guest of The Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. He will give a talk on "Identity in a Global Era" on Wednesday, April 9th at 4:30 pm in 100 Jones Hall.
Alan Hajek comes to the Philosophy department from the Australian National University where he studies probability and decision. One of his best-known arguments is a refutation of Pascal’s wager which figures in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy’s entry on that famous episode. A graduate alumnus of Princeton, he returns as a Fellow from April 6 to 11.
Gert van Tonder, a neuroscientist who specializes in vision science at the Kyoto Institute of Technology, has an abiding interest in vision and aesthetics. His passion for Japanese Zen Gardens has led him to study how these gardens interact with the neurological processes of visual perception. He will be a guest in Comparative Literature from April 14 to 24.