University Community is Invited to the 12th Annual Humanities Colloquium

August 22, 2018

Captivity, bondage, and incarceration—literal and metaphorical—have long elicited both inquiry and activism from humanists.  What might “capturing the human” mean in our teaching and research today?

At our Annual Colloquium on Thursday, September 20, the Humanities Council invites the University community to a wide ranging conversation about contested representations of the human across diverse disciplines, approaches, and historical periods.  This year’s panel features our 2018-2019 Old Dominion Research Professors: Michael Flower (Classics), Simon Gikandi (English), Sean Wilentz (History), and Kim Lane Scheppele (Sociology, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and the University Center for Human Values).

The Colloquium will take place on Thursday, September 20 at 4:30 PM, at 219 Aaron Burr, chaired and introduced by Eric Gregory (Religion, and Chair, Humanities Council).


Michael Flower (Classics): ” Social Control in Ancient Sparta”

Simon Gikandi (English): “Slavery and the Question of the Human”

Sean Wilentz (History): “When Did Slavery Become Evil?”

Kim Lane Scheppele (Sociology, WWS, UCHV): “Cruel Markets”

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