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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 is available on our events page.

2019 Richard A. Macksey Lecture – Imagining Color by Elaine Scarry
Mar 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm Eisenhower Room, Hopkins Club

Elaine Scarry, PhD

Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Thoery of Value, Harvard University

Elaine Scarry teaches at Harvard University where she is the Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value. She lectures both nationally and internationally on nuclear war, law, literature, and medicine, and has been a Guggenheim Fellow as well as a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Studies in Palo Alto, the Getty Research Center in Los Angeles, and the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. She was elected to the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her awards include honorary degrees from Northwestern University in the United States and Uppsala University in Sweden, as well as the Truman Capote Award for literary criticism, and most recently, the Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for a writer “of progressive, original, and experimental tendencies.” In 2005, Prospect Magazine and Foreign Policy named her one of the top 100 leading intellectuals.

Elaine Scarry’s work has two central subjects, the nature of physical injury and the nature of human creation. The Body in Pain brings the subjects of injuring and creating together: it argues that the willful infliction of pain and injury is the opposite of creation, since it apes and inverts the ordinary work of the imagination. On Beauty and Being Just also brings the two together: it argues that beauty and justice are alike in having “injury” or “injustice” as the thing that is their opposite and that they together work to diminish. Her other writings – rather than bringing the two subjects together – emphasize either injuring or instead creating. Her recent book – Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing between Democracy and Doom – shows that nuclear weapons and governance (particularly democratic governance) are mutually exclusive; it specifies the constitutional tools available for dismantling the country’s nuclear architecture. Her writings on the process of poetic creation include Dreaming by the Book and Naming thy Name: Cross Talk in Shakespeare’s Sonnets.

Reception to follow.

To download the event poster, please click here.

AGHI Lecture: Wayne Biddle, the Writing Seminars
Apr 8 @ 5:00 pm Gilman 50

The Alexander Grass Humanities Institute will host Wayne Biddle, Visiting Associate Professor, from the Writing Seminars for a lecture titled: “Dark Side of the Moon: Wernher von Braun and the Space Race, marking the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing”. The lecture will be held in Hodson 210.

Lecture by Andrew Webber, University of Cambridge
Apr 16 @ 4:30 pm Gilman 130D

Andrew Webber from the Department of German at the University of Cambridge will give a talk on the research project Arthur Schnitzler.

ATTN Current & Prospective Humanities Majors! Humanities @ the Hopkins Club, May 7, 2019
May 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Library, Hopkins Club

Please join The Alexander Grass Humanities Institute on May 7, 2019 at the Hopkins Club to take a break from reading and papers to enjoy tea and treats with fellow humanities students and faculty!

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Student-run online medical journal earns funding in online voting

From The Hub:

Five proposals submitted this spring to Johns Hopkins’ Idea Lab crowdsourcing website will receive funding by virtue of garnering the most support in online voting.

In its third year, the Idea Lab offered three areas in which ideas were welcome from the Johns Hopkins community: The Ten by Twenty Challenge to support individual excellence, the Diversity Innovation Grants to promote inclusion, and the Hopkins Eco-Smart Acorn Grant to drive sustainability.

In second place, with 784 votes, is a student-run online medical journal called The Hippocrates Med Review. The journal’s creators, who launched a website in January, say they hope to provide “a world-class forum that showcases a holistic view of medicine as told by the brightest minds in the medical field.”

News & Events

Submissions Open for RIC Conference

Submissions are due Friday, Feb. 14 for the JHU Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship's eighth annual interdisciplinary graduate student conference: Eyes on Surveillance: (In)security in Everyday Life. Submissions that interrogate the normalization of surveillance in everyday life are encouraged.

Apply Now for the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the ninth annual competition of theMellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program. This initiative places humanities PhDs in substantive roles in diverse nonprofit and government organizations, demonstrating that the capacities developed in the course of earning a doctoral degree in the humanities have wide application beyond the […]

Undergraduates Fellowship Opportunity

U.S. Public Interest Research Group Job Opportunity Speak Up For The Public Interest When decisions are being made that affect our health, our safety, or our rights as consumers and citizens, U.S. PIRG speaks up on behalf of the public. Whether it’s a decision about how to address the misuse of our life-saving antibiotics in […]