2016-2017 Events

Perspectives from the Middle East: Iraq and the Levant" A Panel Discussion

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Belk Library, Room 114

Two scholars that specialize on the Arab Middle East, will present their research on Arab experiences from Iraq, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon in the context of contemporary questions on immigration, the war on terror, U.S. foreign policy, political economies of regime survival across the Levant, and the Arab uprisings of 2011.  

For more information please visit https://anthro.appstate.edu/events/id/625 








The 2017 Selu Lecture: “Sti-u! Activism and the Contemporary Cherokee Woman”

March 21, 2017

3:00 pm

The Solarium, Plemmons Student Union

On Tuesday, March 21st the Gadugi Program, the Humanities Council, and the Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies Program will celebrate Women’s History Month by sponsoring the 2017 Selu Lecture. Named in honor of Selu, the Cherokee corn-mother, First Woman and goddess of the corn, the lecture seeks to honor the matrilineal culture of the Cherokee by highlighting the remarkable contributions of contemporary Cherokee women leaders. This year we are honored to host Ms. Mary Crowe, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee and a tireless advocate for the Cherokee people and the environment. Ms. Crowe is the Southeast Regional representative of the Indigenous Environmental Network who has coordinated numerous environmental conferences and action camps in the southeast. She is the mother of three amazing children—Simon, Lou and Ella. A veteran in the long struggle for American Indian civil and human rights, Mary is also a proud 9-year breast and carcinoma cancer survivor.

For more information contact Allen Bryant at 262-3152 or bryantja@appstate.edu, or Regina Parnell at 262-2224, or parnellrd@appstate.edu


Warm Up With The Humanities




February 24, 2017: Please join the Humanities Council for an afternoon of hot chocolate and a celebration of research by new faculty. 

Spring Book Discussion 

Dr. Edward Westermann will give a public lecture for the campus and community on his recent book, Hitler’s Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars: Comparing Genocide and Conquest (University of Oklahoma, 2016) on February 2 at 7PM in 114 Belk Library, 218 College Street, Boone, NC, 28607.  All are welcome to attend.


In Hitler’s Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars, Westermann critically examines the parallels Hitler drew between the Nazi quest for Lebensraum in Eastern Europe and the westward expansion of the United States known as Manifest Destiny.  Westermann shows how both projects linked national identity with racial stereotypes in order to justify a politics of exclusion and violence.  He also identifies crucial differences between these projects of national expansion.


Westermann’s book has been described as “comparative history at its best.”  One reviewer writes:  “This thoughtful, provocative book compares the Nazi occupation of Eastern Europe with the United  States’ conquest of the American West. Its insights and conclusions are sure to stimulate new debates among a broad array of scholars.”  Robert Wooster, author of The American Military Frontiers: The United States Army in the West, 1783–1900


Edward Westermann is Professor of History at the University of Texas—San Antonio. He also serves as the Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio. Westermann has received numerous awards and distinctions. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the Free University of Berlin, a German Academic Exchange Service fellow on three occasions, as well as a fellow at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Dr. Westermann also the author of Hitler’s Police Battalions:  Enforcing Racial War in the East (2006), and numerous articles and chapters.  He is a retired US Air Force Colonel with 25 years of service. 


Fall Book Discussion 


November 18, 2016

9:00-10:30am in the Watauga River Room

As a professor at Yale, William Deresiewicz saw something that troubled him deeply. His students, some of the nation's brightest minds, were adrift when it came to the big questions: how to think critically and creatively and how to find a sense of purpose. Now he argues that elite colleges are turning out conformists without a compass.

Excellent Sheep takes a sharp look at the high-pressure conveyor belt that begins with parents and counselors who demand perfect grades and culminates in the skewed applications Deresiewicz saw firsthand as a member of Yale's admissions committee. As schools shift focus from the humanities to "practical" subjects like economics, students are losing the ability to think independently. It is essential, says Deresiewicz, that college be a time for self-discovery, when students can establish their own values and measures of success in order to forge their own paths. He features quotes from real students and graduates he has corresponded with over the years, candidly exposing where the system is broken and offering clear solutions on how to fix it.



Intersectionality, Pedagogy, & Humanities: Rethinking Knowledge Symposium

For Symposium Program please click here

Humanities Council Symposium

  • October 7, 2016: "Intersectionality, Pedagogy, and the Humanities: Rethinking Knowledge"

  • Where: Blue Ridge Ballroom

  • When: 9am-4pm 

  • Speakers: Dr. Jan Willis, Wesleyan University, author of Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist, and BuddhistOne Woman's Spiritual Journey (Wisdom Publications, 2008). Dr. Chris Teuton, University of Washington, author of Cherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars Club (University of North Carolina Press, reprint edition, 2016)





Humanities Pedagogy Brown-Bag Lunch Schedule 

  • November 4, 2016: "Starting Class with a Blank Syllabus: A Pedagogical Social Constructivist Approach to Teaching Interdisciplinary Courses" with Dr. Louis Gallien.  For an outline of the talk please click here: page 1page 2, and page 3

  • February 10, 2017: "A Multidisciplinary Approach to Climate Change: Maintaining Enthusiasm and Interest Among Students from a Variety of Backgrounds" with Dr. Howie Neufeld. Held in the Watauga River Room/PSU from 12-1pm. PowerPoint Presentation. 




Nancy Sue Love, Ph. D.
Humanities Council Coordinator
Department of Government & Justice Studies
2038 Anne Belk Hall
ASU Box #32107

Howell Keiser
Council Assistant
Humanities Council Office
106 I.G. Greer Hall


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