2017-2018 Events

"Charlie vs. Goliath" 

The Award Winning Documentary can be viewed on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 7 - 9:30 p.m. in the Parkway Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union.

This film features "a penniless former Catholic priest named Charlie Hardy who spent eight years living in a cardboard shack in Venezuela before returning to his home state of Wyoming, where he ran for the US Senate on a platform of getting money out of politics...It also tells a bigger story about the value of fighting for what's right no matter how bleak the circumstances."

Story and Structure in Documentary Film 

Friday, April 20, 2018 from 1 - 3 p.m. Linville Gorge Room, Plemmons Student Union

Presented by the Appalachian State University Humanities Council. Part of the Charlie vs. Goliath Film events. Filmmaker & journalist Reed Lindsay will conduct a workshop that explores the nuts & bolts of the process of making a documentary. We will look at the art of crafting a compelling story from pre-production to the editing room, discuss best practices for conducting interviews, & analyze concrete examples of challenges and solutions in documentaries Reed has directed.

Latin America Yesterday and Today: The Legacy of Hugo Chavez

Friday, April 20, 2018 from 1 - 3 p.m.
Anne Belk Hall, Room 227

Charlie Hardy lived in Latin America from 1985 to 2011.  Most of that time was spent in Venezuela where he lived for eight years in a pressed-cardboard and tin shack.  He also lived for extended periods in Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador and Mexico. He has been invited to speak in more than 30 universities in the U.S. and Europe and is the author of Cowboy in Caracas, A North American’s Memoir of Venezuela’s Democratic Revolution. 

Humanities Pedagogy Brown-Bag Lunches 

"Controversy and Conflict in the Classroom: Strategies for Approaching Sensitive Subjects" 

Friday, February 16, 2018 from 12 - 1 p.m. 
Speaker: Dr. Allison Fredette, Professor, Department of History 

"Public-Facing Project-Based Learning: Digital Media in (and out of) the Classroom" 

Friday, April 13, 2018 from 12 -1 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Mark Nunes, Department Chair and Professor, Department of Cultural, Gender and Global Studies

Spring 2018 Humanities Celebration

"Warm Up With The Humanities: A Celebration of Research by New Faculty"

Friday, February 23, 2018, 1 - 4 p.m.
Welcoming Remarks by College of Arts & Sciences Dean, Neva Specht

Speakers: Dr. Travis Weiland, Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Dr. Jon Carter, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Jennie Carlisle, Department of Art; Director, The Smith Gallery, Dr. Hulya Dogan, Professor, Department of Anthropology and Dr. David Russell, Professor, Department of Sociology.

Spring 2018 Symposium

"Antifa: The History and Theory of Antifascist Resistance"

Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 7 - 9 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Mark Bray, Professor, Historian of human rights, terrorism, and political radicalism in Modern Europe at Dartmouth College.

Fall 2017 Humanities Council Symposium

"Sustaining Democracy: Existence, Persistence, Resistance" Fall 2017 Symposium

Friday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Ballroom (Price Lake & Table Rock Rooms), Plemmons Student Union

Featuring three speakers:

  • Dr. Abram Van Engen, "National Purpose," 9:15-10:30 AM
  • Dr. George T. Pappas, "The Marshall Trilogy to Standing Rock," 10:45-12:00PM 
  • Dr. Timothy Snyder, "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century," 2:30-3:45PM

Book Discussion: On Tyranny

And in conjunction with our symposium this year, we have a four-part series book discussion taking place around Timothy Snyder's book, "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century." Click each of the discussion session titles below to learn about the partipants.

Please RSVP for the book discussions at lovens@appstate.edu - include the title of the lecture(s) you wish to attend along with your name and mailing address to receive a copy of the book!

  1. "Is this what democracy looks like? Resistance, disobedience and non-conformity"On Tyranny
  2. "Who's telling the truth? How lies, fake news and propaganda undermine democracy (and how language can save it)"
  3. "Are you a patriot? The meanings of patriotism, populism and America First"
  4. "Are your rights disappearing? Preserving the rule of law"

Ongoing Events

Appalachian State Digital Humanities Working Group

The Digital Humanities Working Group meets every other week—this Fall semester, they have been meeting on Fridays at 1pm. They will probably stick to that schedule, but will adjust based on availability. The group serves as a gathering for faculty, staff, and students interested in collaborating on digital humanities initiatives and digital scholarship projects. Right now they are working on a speaker series for the spring and a mini-conference in the fall, and are preparing to submit for a couple of NEH grants.

For more information or to join the group, contact Mark Nunes, the Chair of Cultural, Gender, and Global Studies at nunesmr@appstate.edu or 828-262-3178. 
Or, you can request to join the following Google+ Community: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104133306388615893622

Fall 2017 Humanities Council Symposium speakers
Published: Aug 1, 2018 12:00am

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