- On November 20, 2013, faculty from the various Humanities departments met to share interests and future ideas for the last interdisciplinary lunch of the semester.
- On September 27, 2012, Dr. Temple Grandin, author of Emergence: Labeled Autistic, discussed her experiences after being diagnosed as autistic as a child, and her later successes as a livestock- handling equipment designer.
- In collaboration with African American Heritage Month, the Center for Humanities presented Harriet Washington, award winning author, editor, and medical ethicist on February 20, 2013.
- Dr. Rolena Adorno (third from left) enjoys a dinner in her honor with EIU faculty after her presentation, 'What Does Columbus Day Mean Now?' on October 7, 2013.
The challenges of this new century call for innovative ways of translating research into action, creating citizens who will be more effective in their personal and professional lives. A mid-size regional state university, EIU is a model for democratic, liberal arts education and takes seriously its responsibility to serve as the intellectual and cultural center of the surrounding region.
With the development of a Center for the Humanities, housed in the College of Arts and Humanities, EIU embraces the opportunity to generate conversations that challenge and define our culture and our conventions. Translating between historical and contemporary worlds, and exploring the benefits of disciplinary cross-fertilization, we also strive to establish communication between the studies of academia and the everyday lives in our community.
Programs and courses sponsored by this center explore the translation from global investigations by university researchers to local understandings of culture. Our center for the humanities will bring together diverse traditions and methods of critical inquiry. We envision a place where faculty and students can access popular notions of the humanities and make our specialized work speak to the public, even as we reach out to our audiences with new information and ideas to foster creativity, engender tolerance, and spark further dialogue.
Consider proposing a talk as faculty speaker for the Humanities Center! You can apply here.
Dr. D. Fairchild Ruggles, a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, presented her lecture "Islamic Gardens: The Meaning of Beauty" on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.
Her discussion expanded on the ideas raised by the 2013 EIUReads! selection by Amy Waldman, The Submission, which addresses the selection of a Ground Zero Memorial.
Dr. Ruggles is the author of two-award-winning books on gardens: Gardens, Landscape, and Vision in the Palaces of Islamic Spain (2000) and Islamic Gardens and Landscapes (2008). She has also co-edited numerous collections of essays on heritage and appeared in documentary films about Islamic art for the BBC, PBS, National Geographic, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.