Through its events the Humanities Council strives to enhance understanding of and support for scholarship and teaching in the Humanities and fosters a community in which the value of the Humanities is understood and discussed. 

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars!

"Charlie vs. Goliath" 

Film Screening

Story and Structure in Documentary Film

Latin America Yesterday and Today: The Legacy of Hugo Chavez 

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.

Past Events:

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


And inconjunction 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 - 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"

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 or 828-262-3178.
Or, you can request to join the following Google+ Community:



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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