Going Public: Humanities at the Core of National Knowledge Work  

Symbols Used:

CH = Martha Nussbaum, Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press, 1997).

TT = Walter Truett Anderson, ed., The Truth about the Truth (New York: Penguin Putnam, 1995)


Humanities in Theory

Naomi F. Collins, “The Humanities,” in Mary K. Cayton, Peter Williams, ed., Encyclopedia of American Cultural & Intellectual History, vol. 3 (New York: Charles Scribner’s, 2001), 151-161.

Jürgen Habermas, from The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1989)

CH: Introduction: The Old Education and the Think-Academy


Interpreting in Practice

CH: Ch. 2, “Citizens of the World”; Ch. 4, “The Study of Non-Western Cultures”; Ch. 5, “African-American Studies”; Ch. 6, “Women’s Studies”

and Martha Nussbaum, from Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach, “Challenges to Cross-Cultural Norms” (34-41) and “Capabilities and Women’s Lives: A Role for Public Action” (106-110)


Practicing History

Stephen Greenblatt, “Presidential Address 2002: ‘Stay, Illusion’ – On Receiving Messages from the Dead,” PMLA 118.3 (2003 May), 417-426.

Pierre Bourdieu and Jean-Claude Passeron, from The Inheritors: French Students and Their Relation to Culture, trans. Richard Nice (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1979)

Natalie Zemon Davis, Joan Wallach Scott, “A New Kind of History,” in A History of Women in the West , eds. Georges Duby and Michelle Perrot (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press, 1992), preface.

Roy Rosenzweig, from Everyone a Historian

CH : Ch. 3, The Narrative Imagination


Historical Forms of Thought

Gerald Graff, “Public Intellectuals and the Future of Graduate Education”

Laura Kipnis, “Public Intellectuals Do it with Style”

Michael Bérubé, “Res Publica

Lorraine Ouimet, “The ‘Ins and Outs’ of Public Intellectualism”

Russell McCutcheon, “A Default of Critical Intelligence? The Scholar of Religion as Public Intellectual,” and “Talking Past Each Other . . .: Rejoinder to Paul Griffiths and June O’Connor”

June O’Connor, Paul Griffiths, articles from the JAAR debate



TT: Symbols at Work and Play (selections by Baudrillard, Sternberg, Derrida, Katz, 79-95), and Different Kinds of Difference (sel. by Rorty, hooks, 100-107, 117-129)

CH: “Socratic Self-Examination” (15-49)


Representation and Truth

Nicholas Maxwell, excerpts from From Knowledge to Wisdom (New York: Basil Blackwell, 1984)

Jacques Derrida, “The Future of the Profession or the University Without Condition (thanks to the ‘Humanities,’ what could take place tomorrow),” in Jacques Derrida and the Humanities: A Critical Reader, ed. Tom Cohen (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2001), 24-57.

Christopher Fynsk, “Derrida and Philosophy: Acts of Engagement” (in Cohen, 152-171)

TT: “The Construction of Reality” (selections by Becker, Berger, Foucault, 34-45) and “Science without Scientism” (sel. by Gardner, Kuhn, Feyerabend, 182-203)


Humanities as Secular Religion?

Allan Bloom, from The Closing of the American Mind

Lawrence Levine, from The Opening of the American Mind

CH: “Socrates in the Religious University” (257-292)

Martha Nussbaum, from Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach (“The Role of Religion,” 167-240)

TT: Religion in the Age of Disbelief (selections by Huston Smith, Marty, Schlesinger [“The Opening of the American Mind,”], Havel, 204-238)


Culture and Discipline

TT: Pluralism, Culture, and Ethnicity (selections by Berlin, Wagner, Sollors, 46-71)

Henry Louis Gates, “Statistical Stigmata,” from Deconstruction and the Possibility of Justice, ed. Drucilla Cornell, et. al. (330-345).

Erving Goffman, from Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity

Michel Foucault, from Discipline and Punish (+ Laura Mandell’s Introduction to Foucault)

Selections from Acts of Recall: Cultural Memory in the Present, eds. Mieke Bal, Jonathan Crewe, Leo Spitzer

Howard Gardner, from Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences


Thinking Shaped by Rhetorical Figures – and/or Class?

Pierre Bourdieu, from Distinction (1979), Homo Academicus (1988), and Academic Discourse (1994), and Language and Symbolic Power (1991)


Specific Methods: Cultural Imperialism?

CH: “Citizens of the World” (50-84)

Fredric Jameson, Preface, The Cultures of Globalization, eds. Fredric Jameson, Masao Miyoshi (Duke Univ. Press, 1998)

Fredric Jameson, “On Literary and Cultural Import-Substitution in the Third World: The Case of Testimonio,” in The Real Thing: Testimonial Discourse in Latin America, ed. Georg M. Gugelberger (Duke Univ. Press, 1996), 172-191.

Selections from Providing Global Public Goods: Managing Globalization, ed. Inge Kaul ( New York : Published for the United Nations Development Programme [by] Oxford University Press, 2003).

Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, from Empire ( Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press, 2000)


“Why Think? Why Read?”

Mark Edmundson, Why Read?, Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference

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