Book Discussion Group: March 18, 2015
This year we our book discussion group read Why Teach? In Defense of a Real Education by Mark Edmunsdon. Publisher's Weekly writes about the book:
“In this collection of 16 essays, some of which have appeared in Harper's and the New York Times, University of Virginia English professor Edmundson explores how higher education has devolved into a place where preprofessionalism is the order of the day; where the study of literature has become arid and abstract; and where universities behave like corporations, teachers like service providers, and students like customers. He offers, at turns, a meditation, a jeremiad, some musings, and some possible solutions. The questions (what to teach? what to study?) find answers in the values Edmundson discovers in becoming an English major: love for language, hunger for life, openness and a quest for truth or truths. Addressing teachers, students, and parents, Edmundson defends the intellectual and spiritual value, even the usefulness, of the scholarly enclave and seeking knowledge so as to make the lives of other human beings better.”
The Humanities Council provided participants with the book, and we convened for discussion on March 18th at 5 PM in the Plemmons Student Union, Room 201A (Price Lake Room).
April 10, 2015: Celebration of the Humanities at Appalachian State: Past, Present, and Future
The Humanities Council Celebration will took place on April 10, 2015 in the Blue Ridge Ballroom. The Celebration presented the past, present, and future of the Humanities at Appalachian State.
This year's Celebration of the Humanities featured Dr. Tom McGowan as our Keynote Speaker. Dr. McGowan's talk was titled "Walking Boone: Reflections and Digressions on a Local Lanscape."
ASU faculty, students, and staff will be performed various Humanities Live! segments throughout the showcase, including:
Sherone Price's African Dance Class, from the the ASU Theater and Dance Department
Joseph Bathanti & students reading from their own poetry
Laurie Semmes and the Balinese gamelan
A faculty panel (featured above) discussed "Why the Humanities?" On this panel were Drs. Michael Behrent, Kim Hall, Chris Osmond, and Susan Doll.