An annual tradition at the University of Chicago since 1980, this year's Humanities Day will take place on October 16th featuring free discussion, performances, and lectures highlighting the latest research of University of Chicago award-winning faculty in the Division of the Humanities. 

Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History and Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia, Wu Hung, will be delivering this year's Keynote Address, "In the Name of Art—Destruction and Reconstruction."  In human history, works of art are associated not only with creative imagination but also with constant destructive and reconstructive efforts.  Professor Wu's presentation reflects on the destruction of Buddhist sites in China during the early 20th century, conducted not as iconoclastic acts but “in the name of art.” Political and economic factors undoubtedly contributed to such events, but was art historical scholarship itself also partially responsible for these tragedies? More important, how should today’s art historians and museum curators deal with this painful past?  Hear Professor Wu address these questions at 11 am US CT.

Speakers this year include the following CEAS and CEAS-affiliated faculty:

Kagan Arik
Ayaslı Associate Professor of Instruction in Modern Turkish and Turkic languages and coordinator for the Modern Turkish language program
The Diversity of Turkic Languages and Literatures: A Well-Traveled Language Family
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. CDT

Haun Saussy
University Professor at the University of Chicago, teaching in the Departments of Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages and Civilizations as well as in the Committee on Social Thought
Tangled Genealogies of a Cultural Identity, Or What Was Madame Bovary Doing In Haiti?
9:30 am to 10:30 a.m. CDT

Yi-lu Kuo (Associate Instructional Professor in Chinese Language in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations)
Xiarong Wang (Assistant Instructional Professor of Chinese Language in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations)
Shan Xiang (Associate Instructional Professor in Chinese Language in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations)
Yujia Ye (Assistant Instructional Professor in Chinese Language in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations)
Teaching Current Issues Through Language in Remote Learning Mode
9:30 am to 10:30 a.m. CDT

Wu Hung
Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History and Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia
In the Name of Art—Destruction and Reconstruction
11 a.m. to noon CDT

Rachel DeWoskin
Associate Professor of Practice in the Arts in the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English Language and Literature
Times and Transformation: Reading, Writing, and Teaching in a Pandemic Era
1:30 pm to 2:30 p.m. CDT

This year's program will feature both in-person and virtual events.

For more information on the program, and to register, click here.

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