Humanities Symposia

Presented by the Department of Humanities and Communication
3:30 Taylor Hall 112 – Wells Theater
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Spring 2015 Speakers

How Traveling Around the World has Changed Mine

Dr. Tony Kline // Tuesday, February 17 // 3:30 PM
As a sophomore in college, Tony Kline took his first trip to a developing country, not quite knowing what to expect. That experience changed the course of his life. Over the next ten years he traveled to more than 20 countries, each trip challenging and shaping his worldview. In this presentation, he will discuss how these adventures influenced who he is and how he tries to live in the US today.

Poverty Law 101: Access to Justice

Barbara Molargik-Fitch & Desiree Koger-Gustafson // Tuesday, February 24 // 7:00 PM
Barbara Molargik-Fitch and her colleague, Desiree Koger-Gustafson, will present an overview of what poverty law is and how people without financial resources can access justice in their communities. Specifically, they will discuss the services offered by the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic in Fort Wayne. After the talk, both presenters will be available to provide free legal advice to interested audience members. This is an excellent presentation for students considering law school or careers in criminal justice.

Restricted Section: Libraries and Librarians in the Harry Potter series

Sarah Wagner // Tuesday, March 10 // 3:30 PM
Librarian Sarah Wagner will discuss the portrayal of the library and librarians in the popular Harry Potter series. Throughout the series, several key plot points begin or tie back to the Hogwarts library. Drawing on selections from all seven books, Wagner will explore themes of librarian stereotypes, censorship, and use of library materials for academic and extracurricular activities.

The Brise-Soleil: An Expanding Concept & A Too-Restrictive Term?

Dr. Tom Tierney // Tuesday, March 17 // 3:30 PM
The brise-soleil, an architectural feature that literally blocks the sun, has always been more than that, and done more than simply reduce heat gain. Architectural ingenuity, aided and abetted by technologies in electrical and chemical engineering, seems to have enhanced the concept beyond its original utilitarian significance, while adding some aesthetic pleasures you may not have yet experienced, or even known you should.

From Hieroglyphs to Hashtags: How Technologies of Literacy Change the Ways We Think

Dr. Alison Witte // Tuesday, March 24 // 3:30 PM
There has been great recent debate about how digital technologies influence our lives. But in reality, familiar technologies such as pencils, the book, the printing press, and the computer have shaped our communication practices for thousands of years. Dr. Witte will discuss this history and how we can apply it to the digital technologies that affect us today.

Past Speakers

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.