Making a Case for the Humanities with Zena Hitz
Chicago, IL 60637
Zena HitzSt. John's College
Open to current graduate students and faculty. Box lunches will be served.
In her recent book, Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of the Intellectual Life, Zena Hitz writes "For some time, intellectual institutions in the United States have been under significant financial and political pressure to abandon education for programs with economic or political uses... we academic professionals have lost touch with our origins in ordinary human intellectual activity. We have thus lost the capacity to justify and explain to our fellow citizens or to philanthropists—much less to ourselves—why our institutions matter" (p.198).
Should one studying or teaching in the humanities promote its importance within the university and in society? If so, how should one go about doing this, or learning how to do this?
Join us for a discussion with Zena Hitz on the relationship between academic training in the humanities and the intellectual life.
Zena Hitz will also participate in a public conversation on Lost in Thought at later that day.
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Zena Hitz is a Tutor at St. John’s College. She holds a BA from St. John’s College, an MA from Cambridge, and a PhD from Princeton. Prior to teaching at St. John’s, she taught philosophy at Auburn University and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She is author of Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life (Princeton University Press, 2020), and has recently begun the Catherine Project, an online non-credit Oxford-style tutorial program on great books and fundamental questions. She is the recipient of the 2020 Hiett Prize in the Humanities.