The Alexander Grass Humanities Institute is a focal point for the 10 world-renowned humanities departments at Johns Hopkins, other dynamic departments in the humanistic social sciences, and related centers and programs. The institute sponsors scholarly meetings, public events, visiting scholars, and student fellowships and research projects.
Upcoming AGHI-sponsored Events
A complete calendar of all humanities-related events, including all AGHI-sponsored events, happening at Johns Hopkins are available on our events page.
Speaker: Nils Bubandt, Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University
Commentator: Erica Schoenberger (JHU)
Critical Climate Thinking is an interdisciplinary lecture series that aims to generate a conversation concerning climate change not merely as a scientific phenomenon but as a persistent dimension of lived experience. It approaches the cosmos not only as an object outside us, but as something in us.
Lecture series co-organized by Rochelle Tobias (GRLL), Naveeda Khan (Anthropology), and Deborah Poole (Anthropology) and co-sponsored by E2SHI, Anthropology, GRLL, CAMS, and Africana Studies.
The Humanities Center, in collaboration with the Centre Louis Marin and the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute, is pleased to announce a literary reading by Gwenaëlle Aubry (CNRS, Paris; Prix Fémina 2009). The reading will consist of fragments from 2 novels, Personne and Perséphone 2014.
The Alexander Grass Humanities Institute, in Conjunction with Classics, The Forums on Race in America, the Foreign Affairs Symposium, and The Racism, Immigration & Citizenship Program is proud to present the Richard A. Macksey lecture:
“Undocumented”: A presentation by Dan-el Padilla Peralta
Dan-el Padilla Peralta arrived legally in New York as a young boy with his family, but when their visas lapsed when Dan-el was in grade school, the family joined the ranks of the city’s homeless. Dan-el, his mother, and brother lived in a downtown shelter where his only refuge was the meager library. With the help of a young volunteer, Dan-el was accepted on scholarship to Collegiate, the oldest private school in the country. From Collegiate, Dan-el went on to Princeton, where he made the momentous decision to come out as an undocumented student in a Wall Street Journal profile a few months before he gave the salutatorian’s traditional address in Latin at his commencement. After attaining his doctoral degree in classics at Stanford University, Dan-el went on to become a Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University and has since returned to Princeton as assistant professor. Dan-el Padilla’s memoir, Undocumented, is essential reading for the debate on immigration, but it is also an unforgettable tale of a passionate young scholar coming of age in two very different worlds.
The Program in Museums and Society presents speaker Jean Estebanez of Université Paris-Est Creteil, who will discuss “Queering Zoos: Unsettling Performance of Humanity and Animality”.
Co-sponsored by the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute.
Humanities Stories from Across Hopkins
From the Spring 2016 issue of Arts & Sciences Magazine:
What to do with a PhD in classical studies when you realize you don’t want to enter academia? As it turns out, you have more options than you might think.
Such was the discovery of Kristina Giannotta ’03 (PhD), now branch head of histories for the Histories and Archives Division of the Naval History and Heritage Command. It’s a role that marries research and culture with management, and Giannotta says her graduate studies at Johns Hopkins prepared her surprisingly well for this government career. Now in the position of hiring and managing historians, she makes a point of recommending that current grad students take advantage of every opportunity—travel, fellowships, new languages—to grow outside of academia as she did, saying those skills make all the difference in a potential employee.
Announcements from the Institute
This morning, President Trump released a budget blueprint that calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities…
EXTENDED DUE DATE: AGHI Graduate Research Fellowship Applications due date extended to March 15, 2017.
The Chronicle of Higher Education has just published an essay by Rens Bod highlighting the History of the Humanities as a new field (as well as The Making of the Humanities V conference which was held at JHU).