Topic: How does your work engage with the community beyond academia?
Hosted by the Rice Humanities Graduate Student Association
April 13-14, 2017 | Rice University Campus
Amid heavily contentious political debates concerning fake news, immigration and refugee bans,
and basic human rights, the role of the humanities in these conversations is more prescient than
ever. The Rice HGSA asks its graduate student community to submit presentation proposals on how
we, as young humanities scholars, engage with the community to promote the humanistic ideals
endemic to our disciplines.
We welcome either fully realized or purely speculative projects that seek to answer the following
questions: What role do humanists play in creating an informed and critical community? How might
we include issues of community engagement and service into our course syllabi, pedagogical
methodologies, and outreach to the undergraduate community at Rice University and beyond? How
do the humanities enact civic responsibility? Do the humanities create a mode of resistance outside
of academia? How can we make our work as humanists more accessible to the public?
We envision this speaker series to act as a workshop of deploying these ideas in the classroom, the
public sphere, and beyond. Possible approaches to address these questions may include attention to
the following areas of interest:
• Public policy
• Subjectivity and identity
• The role of objectivity
• Civic responsibility
• Environmental responsibility
• Medical humanities
• Public health (local, national, global)
• Ethics, morality, and religion
• Imageries of resistance
• Documenting resistance
• Pedagogy and planning lessons
• Undergraduate teaching and mentorship
We encourage interactive, multi-media approaches to presentations, which should be 7 minutes in
length. One of the benefits of participating is that each speaker will receive a professionally filmed
video of their presentation.
Submission Deadline: March 10 @ 11:59 p.m.
Presenters will be invited to attend a lunchtime information session in Baker Hall, Room 116, on
effective communication strategies, led by Dr. Elizabeth Festa, Associate Director of the Center for
Written, Oral, and Visual Communication on Thursday, March 23, 12:15-1:30 p.m. Lunch will be