- Jessica Pierce will present our spring lecture on March 26th at 5:00pm in the Doudna Lecture Hall.
- 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.
- 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.
- Daiva Markelis presented this year's Faculty Lecture entitled "White Field, Black Sheep: A Lithuanian-American Life" on January 22, 2014.
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.
On March 26th at 5:00pm, bioethicist and author Jessica Pierce will discuss end-of-life care, dying, and euthanasia in the lives of our companion animals. Her recent book, The Last Walk, weaves analysis together with a journal chronicling the decline and death of her beloved dog Odysseus.
This presentation replaces the originally scheduled event from Dr. Barbara King. Dr. King's presentation has been moved to the 2014-2015 Season.
Click here to read Jessica Pierce's recent article publications.