Humanities Now! A New Series on Current Events and the Humanities

Scene from the HBO mini-series, The Plot Against America (2020)

In the fall of 2018, I taught a course on speculative fiction. We read three novels that I have been thinking of lately: Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad (2016); Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven (2014), and finally, Phillip Roth’s The Plot Against America (2004) (now a mini-series on HBO). Historically, Lindbergh was in fact a spokesperson for the “America First Committee,” an isolationist organization that argued against any U.S. intervention in World War II. After Pearl Harbor, publicly Lindbergh supported…

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An Agora at Drury: Wrestling with Kierkegaard

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Each semester, Drury University’s Department of Philosophy and Religion hosts a “Single Author” course in which students, faculty, staff, and members of the Springfield community come together to study and discuss the ideas of an influential philosopher or writer. The group meets every Monday at noon in Olin Library to enjoy complimentary refreshments and reflect together on the week’s reading. The format of the class is inspired by the ancient Greek agora, a space in…

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Books that Shape Us: One Student Reflects on Four Years

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This week, Humanities House Resident-Scholar Mady McColm gets us to think about reading in college.  What have you read recently that has affected your experience of being human in the world? Check out Mady’s list below! “Works that I read in undergrad that profoundly affected me” Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer The Reader by Bernhard Schlink The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros Two or Three Things I Know for Sure…

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