Humanities Research Group

Anne Waldman reads from one of her recent works. Once referred to by Allan Ginsberg as his "spiritual wife," Waldman will read here on Thursday night and conduct a seminar on Friday morning.

World-renowned poet Anne Waldman to read here Thursday

A literary exploration of how to live meaningfully in “the darkness of our time” needn’t be as bleak or daunting as it sounds, according to a world-renowned poet who will read here this week.

“Looking in to the darkness can be very generative,” Anne Waldmansaid in a phone interview from her home in New York. “It can be about seeing light in the darkness. That makes people sharper and forces them to think a little more deeply, waking them up to the luminous details of life. So it’s not just gloom and doom, but a way out through imagination.”

Philosophy of history subject of Thursday lecture

The 18th century philosopher Giambattista Vico developed a radical, modern conception of individuality, says the next lecturer in the Humanities Research Group’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

Giuseppe Mazzotta, Sterling Professor of Humanities for Italian at Yale University, will deliver his free public lecture “The Representation of the Self in Vico’s Autobiography” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the Freed Orman Centre, Assumption University.

John Stuart Mill’s theory of argumentation subject of lecture Wednesday

John Stuart Mill is best known nowadays for his moral and political philosophy, but in a free public presentation Wednesday, philosophy professor Hans V. Hansen will show how some of his key scientific and political writings also contain the elements of a theory of argumentation.

“By studying his practice in some of his most celebrated works—Utilitarianism, The Subjection of Women, and On Liberty—we can observe whether Mill in fact adhered to his own standards of argumentation,” Dr. Hansen says.

Lecture to trace Tecumseh’s quest to secure native homeland

A free public event Wednesday, November 7, will discuss the efforts of native leader Tecumseh to secure a place for First Nations during the Anglo-American conflict leading to the War of 1812.

The Humanities Research Group presents “Tecumseh and the Quest for a Native Homeland,” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, in Alumni Hall’s McPherson Lounge.

Historian Sandy Antal’s presentation will