Public Humanities

Zoom is available for virtual events or on the Ivy patio when the weather permits. If you would like to attend our next event, please see below to register.

The Alexander Grass Humanities Institute and the Ivy Bookshop have kicked off a new initiative in the public humanities called “Humanities in the Village.” The endeavor seeks to bring fresh scholarly work from our city’s thriving universities and colleges into conversation with a broader public audience. How does humanities research intersect with contemporary social and political concerns? Can we include these intersections in our developing work, bringing our scholarship into closer resonance with the pressing public matters of this time?

Time: Always at 6:30 p.m. on the last Monday of each month 
Location: Bird in Hand, Charles Village / The Ivy Bookshop patio whenever the weather permits. Zoom is available during Covid-19.
Format: Scholars present short and accessible excerpts of ongoing research, followed by spirited sessions of collective discussion and feedback.
Audience: These events draw a diverse audience of local teachers, students, professionals, activists, book lovers, and public intellectuals. The intimate setting provides scholars with the invaluable opportunity to fold critical dialogue into their ongoing projects.

Curator: William Egginton Email:

Present at a Humanities in the Village event

We are scheduling Humanities in the Village workshops through 2023. If you are a faculty member or graduate student at any Baltimore college or university and would like to present your work, please fill out our form.

2022 Humanities in the Village Events

2021 Humanities in the Village Events

  • January 25 – Jeanne-Marie Jackson author of the African Novel of Ideas (In Conversation With William Egginton & Ato Quayson)
  • February 22 – Salvadore Pappalardo: Modernism In Trieste: Literary Europe And The Alternatives To National Identification
  • March 29 Writing And Translating Love With Julien Tribotté, JHU, French
  • April 26Audrey Fastuca, Italian, JHU – Letting Southern Italy Speak for Itself
  • May 31 – Memorial Day no event
  • June 28 – no event
  • July 26 – no event
  • August 30 – Lingxin Zhang – Drugs, amulets, and birth charts: Women’s health in ancient Egypt
  • September 27 – Jennifer Stager & Leila Easa – “A Feminist Practice of Monumentalizing: Scaling Loss, Listing Names” 
  • October 25 – Donald Berger – Where Poems Come From: A Poetry Reading and Discussion of Influence and Processes of Composition
  • November 29 – holiday no event
  • December 27 – winter break no event

2020 Humanities in the Village Events

**AGHI will link archived lectures as they become available.