Humanities Speaker Series

The Humanities Division’s mission is to promote the humanities and take it out of the classroom and into the world.  To help us do that during Spring 2014, we have create an exciting set of activities around the theme of “Revolutionary Humanities!” The theme is meant to capture the fact that much of the research, topics, and subject matter within the Humanities is novel, innovative, and world-shaping. The plan is to engage in the theme in two different ways. First, a book reading series will run throughout the semester to discuss revolutionary books and poetry. In addition, and with the generous funding support of the Missouri Humanities Council and Drury University, we will host two separate speaker in early March and early April. On each occasion, the speaker will give a public talk and on the following day participate in a discussion panel – with a community member and faculty member — at the Downtown Library Center. Following each talk a public reception will be hosted at the Humanities House on the Drury University campus.


March 10th, 5:30pm, Washington Avenue Church on Drury Lane


Dr. Adam Potthast, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Park University

“The Dark Side of Human Rights: Should We Defend Rape Jokes, Fred Phelps, and Intolerant Cultures?””


March 31st, 5:30pm, Washington Avenue Church on Drury Lane


Dr. Caroline Levine, Professor of English at University of Wisconsin @ Madison

“Provoking Democracy: Why We Need the Humanities and the Arts”


The Drury University Humanities Speaker Series is funded by the Humanities and Ethics Center and by the Missouri Humanities Council