Humanities Symposia

Presented by the Department of Humanities and Communication
3:30 Taylor Hall 112 – Wells Theater
See our past speakers for the Humanities Symposia

Fall 2017 Speakers

What We Did Over Summer Vacation
Panel of HAC students: Clare Danner, Fernando Bauzo, & Emma Lucas. Facilitated by Prof. Justin Young
Tuesday, September 12 // 3:30 PM

From Indiana to Rome, HAC students will talk about where they spent their summers, and how the humanities helped them to make the most of their experiences.

Investment in Time, Money, and Character: The Modern Face of Youth Sports
Prof. Justin Bock
Tuesday, September 19 // 3:30 PM

As youth sports have evolved in the past fifteen years into both a social and an economic force, what impacts does the current sports culture have on the athletes and their families? This symposium will explore the changes in youth sports, the prevalent coaching attitudes, and the effects on family, examining whether the current trends are positive for our society.

To Reflect the Current World: Marvel and DC’s push for Diversity
Patrick Ridout, MLIS
Tuesday, September 26 // 3:30 PM

Comics have gone through some growing pains in the past few years. With a broader push for diversity in all forms of media, comics – particularly Marvel and DC – have created a greater focus on their efforts to become diverse. Since around 2010, we have seen a resurgence of old forgotten characters, and a surge of new diverse characters from all walks of life. How have these pushes and efforts succeeded? How have they stumbled along the way?

Part Gothic Revival, 100% American
Prof. Sarah Zimmer
Tuesday, October 3 // 3:30 PM

Inspired by Grant Wood’s famous painting “American Gothic,” Professor Zimmer enters a gothic vernacular home in a small Midwestern town and literally digs up objects and artifacts of its previous inhabitance in an attempt to create a new type of portrait.

Real Genius Women
Dr. Cassandra Bausman
Tuesday, October 17 // 3:30 PM

Part of the celebration of FREE’s Hidden Figures, this talk will consider the 1985 cult-classic Real Genius – a gem of the teen college comedy genre featuring STEM-heroes – through an unexpected, but fruitful, feminist lens.

Hidden Figures and Trine
Dr. Alison Witte
Tuesday, November 14 // 3:30 PM

In exploring the issues raised by Hidden Figures, Dr. Witte’s composition courses will learn about women in STEM from Trine alumni. Come to hear about the insights from this research project and its implications for future Trine graduates.


History of Program

The Humanities Symposia is a series of presentations followed by discussions about a range of academic subjects related to the humanities. It was developed in response to many professors presenting at academic conferences but not having a university outlet for presenting this research. Since many professors’ research interests lie outside their normal course load, the Symposia allow them to share their research with both the university and local community.

Talks usually last about thirty minutes and are followed by a time for questions. The entire time is generally under one hour, and talks are open to the public. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Professor Sarah Young.