Rethinking Tenure and Promotion Assessment in the Humanities: A Blueprint for Transformation and Innovation
November 6, 2023
Co-organized by the Center for the Humanities and the Program in Public Scholarship, this event was designed to help humanities faculty and administrators think through how to move beyond traditional requirements for tenure dossiers in the humanities (e.g., monograph and articles) to encompass newer ways of doing humanities research — public humanities, digital humanities, creative practice. How do we enact systemic change to open up traditional ways of evaluating humanities research to allow scholars to produce this exciting new work while moving through the tenure and promotion processes?
Invited guests included:
- Kal Alston, Professor in Cultural Foundations of Education and Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University; Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the School of Education; Chair, Imagining America National Advisory Board; and President-Elect, Philosophy of Education Society
- Ulrich Baer, Director, Center for the Humanities; University Professor, Departments of German and Comparative Literature, NYU
- Antoinette Burton, Professor of History and Swanlund Endowed Chair; Director, Humanities Research Institute, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
- Alenda Y. Chang, Associate Professor in Film and Media Studies, UC Santa Barbara; Co-founder, Wireframe Digital Media Studio
- Joy Connolly, President, American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
- Heather Hewett, Program Officer for Higher Education Initiatives, ACLS
- Paula Krebs, Executive Director, Modern Language Association
There are five videos in this playlist. Individual panel discussion videos are available at this link.
2023 Faculty Book Celebration: Panel Discussion
Humanities and the City
February 23, 2023
2023 Faculty Book Celebration keynote speaker Davarian Baldwin, the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies, Trinity College, will join a panel of Washington University faculty:
- Shanti Parikh, Chair of African and African-American Studies and Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology and of African and African-American Studies
- Samuel Shearer, Assistant Professor of African and African-American Studies
- Geoff Ward, Professor of African and African-American Studies
Moderated by Laura Perry, Assistant Director for Research and Public Engagement, Center for the Humanities.
2023 Faculty Book Celebration: Keynote Lecture & Faculty Presentations
What Good Is Higher Education for Our Cities?
February 23, 2023
In today’s dominant knowledge economy, universities have become big business and our cities their company towns. But there are both benefits and costs to those who live in the shadow of these ivory towers. With St. Louis as our backdrop, this talk ponders: What good is higher education for our cities?
PLUS: Brief presentations on two new books by their authors: Miguel Valerio, assistant professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures; and Lynne Tatlock, the Hortense and Tobias Lewin Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and chair, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and director, Program in Comparative Literature.
2022 James E. McLeod Memorial Lecture on Higher Education
Do Colleges and Universities Bear Responsibility for K-12 Public Education?
October 24, 2022
Mary Schmidt Campbell, 10th president of Spelman College (2015-22)
Many of our nation’s great colleges and universities reside in large urban centers where public school education has been under-resourced, and students have been dramatically underserved. What responsibility, if any, should elite, well-resourced institutions of higher education assume for the public-school outcomes of the communities in which they reside?
Banned Comic Books
September 22, 2022
Who’s afraid of comic books? Book bans across Missouri and the U.S. have often targeted graphic novels and comic books, especially those that depict issues of gender, sexuality and race. New Missouri laws will punish educators and school librarians who provide restricted materials to students with fines and jail time. This event considers banned comic books from the perspectives of the artists who create them and the advocates who defend them.
Panel lineup includes:
- Jerry Craft, New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the graphic novels New Kid and Class Act. New Kid is the only book in history to win the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature (2020), the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature (2019), and the Coretta Scott King Author Award for the most outstanding work by an African American writer (2020).
- Molly Carney, ACLU MO. Carney joined the ACLU of Missouri as a Staff Attorney in 2020. As a member of the legal team, she engages in all aspects of strategic litigation efforts to protect civil rights and liberties, including her current work on litigation and advocacy against book bans across Missouri.
- Phoebe Gloeckner, graphic novelist. Gloeckner’s book The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2002) was praised as “one of the most brutally honest, shocking, tender, beautiful portrayals of growing up female in America.”
Discussion moderated by Rebecca Wanzo, professor and chair of the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Washington University. Wanzo is author of The Content of Our Caricature: African American Comic Art and Political Belonging, winner of the 2021 Eisner Award for Best Academic/Scholarly Work and the 2021 Charles Hatfield Book Prize from the Comics Studies Society.
2022 Faculty Book Celebration: Panel Discussion
Reflections on Craft: Connecting Creative and Scholarly Practice
March 3, 2022
2022 Faculty Book Celebration keynote speaker Charles Johnson, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, joined a panel of Washington University faculty:
• Rebecca Copeland, Professor of Japanese Language and Literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures;
• Joanna Dee Das, Assistant Professor of Dance, Performing Arts Department;
• Gerald Early, the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, Departments of English and of African and African-American Studies; and
• Shreyas R. Krishnan, Assistant Professor in Illustration, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts
Moderated by Ignacio Infante, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Spanish; and Associate Director, Center for the Humanities.
2022 Faculty Book Celebration: Lectures
Let Your Talent Be Your Guide
March 3, 2022
In this presentation, 2022 Faculty Book Celebration keynote speaker Charles Johnson describes the journey that took him from being a cartoonist and journalist in his late teens and early twenties to becoming a novelist, philosopher, literary scholar, essayist, short story and screen writer, and a college professor. The spirit of this journey is captured in a statement by John Muir: “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”
PLUS: Brief lectures on two new books by their authors: Diana Montaño, assistant professor, Department of History; and Julia Walker, associate professor, Department of English and associate professor and chair, Performing Arts Department.
2021 James E. McLeod Memorial Lecture on Higher Education
Remembering James McLeod and the Rise of Black Studies at Washington University
September 30, 2021
Gerald Early, the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters and former chair of the Department of African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, gives the 2021 James E. McLeod Memorial Lecture on Higher Education.
2021 Holocaust Memorial Lecture
Jewish Physicians and Their Patients: Rescue Strategies in Nazi Occupied Poland
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Natalia Aleksiun, Professor of Modern Jewish History, Touro College / Incoming Harry Rich Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Florida-Gainesville
The relationships between Jewish physicians, non-Jewish medical professionals and patients offer a window into rescue efforts in Nazi-occupied Poland. Jewish testimonies, diaries, memoirs and witness statements in postwar trials tell a story of how communities came together to organize hiding places and aid for Jewish doctors who were threatened by violence and murder. In the lecture, Prof. Aleksiun will discuss how pre-existing professional relationships, a sense of gratitude for medical services rendered in the past and an ongoing need for Jewish physicians’ expertise laid the foundation for a network of support that allowed Jewish physicians to continue to work in the face of the Holocaust and — in the case of some — survive.