Humanities

The Humanities are the Difference.

The humanities inspire profound and challenging conversations about current issues of importance while holding the world of today in healthy historical perspective. Recent innovations on campus expand the reach of the humanities into digital scholarship (like electronic archives, e-notated editions, and the Mellon Blended Learning Initiative) and extend its visibility into a broad range of public venues (like into a broad range of public venues (like online journals).

In humanities courses, Wellesley students learn to think both critically and creatively, and to write with energy, precision, and cogency. These rapidly changing times require ever-more-refined communications skills, as well as an ongoing attentiveness to the aesthetic and cultural practices that the humanities uniquely provide. It is no surprise that Wellesley humanities graduates go on to succeed across a wide range of fields—as writers, lawyers, business consultants, diplomats, teachers, scholars, and involved citizens.

Humanists of Wellesley

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Cross-Disciplinary Work in the Humanities

by Kama Cerimele

The Newhouse Center for the Humanities announces, ‘Open class sessions,’ an initiative to draw students into the rich intellectual life of the Center.

Open class sessions at Wellesley College exist to broaden student understanding of a text by bringing in perspectives and questions from members of different departments and disciplines. By bringing in texts from the classical world, for example, they are able to demonstrate how these texts are used in multiple disciplines, and encourage students to think about the texts in new contexts and through new lenses.

Professor Carol Dougherty (CLST) is working in conjunction with Professors Catherine Gilhuly (CLST) and Leigh Gilmore (WGST) to lead an open class session this spring. They will bring together their classes in Greek, classics, and women and gender studies to work with Sophocles’s Antigone. Bonnie Honig, author of Antigone, Interrupted, has been invited to speak about the work. Though she is not trained as a classicist, she brings her own insight of how we can use and engage with the text, such as examining how mourning is perceived in personal, public, and political contexts. Honig is expected for a public lecture on the afternoon of February 11, 2019. A lunchtime student discussion will occur the next day.