2016 Distinguished Humanities Lecture: The Rise and Fall of "Theory" in the Humanities

Lynn Hunt, Professor Emerita of History at UCLA

This year's Distinguished Humanities Lecturer will be Lynn Hunt, a European cultural historian who specializes in the history of the concept of human rights.  Her early reputation is founded on several books on the cultural politics of the French Revolution, many of which especially feature studies of gender in revolutionary ideology.  She has also written major metacritical studies of the new cultural history.  Professor emerita at UCLA, Hunt is a past president of the American Historical Association.  She will offer two linked lectures and a seminar, with the general theme

Desperately Seeking New Paradigms

The Humanities in the Post-Theory, Post-Modern, and Neo-Global Era

The lectures will be held from 4:00 to 5:00 on Tuesday and Thursday, September 13 and 15, in the Women's Building Formal Lounge

            9/13     The Rise and Fall of "Theory" in the Humanities

            9/15     The Problem with Modernity

The seminar will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 on Wednesday, September 14, in Busch 18.  The title of the seminar paper, which will be pre-circulated is

                        Tea, Women & Civilization In 18th Century Scotland

Space for the seminar is limited, please reserve a seat and secure a copy of the paper from Amy Lehman: alehman@wustl.edu.

The Distinguished Humanities Lecture Series is organized by IPH -- the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities -- and is co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities.  This year, the seminar is being co-organized with the Salon, the working group in Eighteenth-Century Studies.