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  • CANCELED: Reenlisting After the War: Veterans as Public Poets and Ministers of Culture Due to ongoing concerns over the coronavirus (Covid-19), we're sorry to announce that this event is cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the fall. James Dubinsky, an associate professor in the Department of English, is the founding director of the Professional Writing Program and was instrumental in helping to shape the first liberal arts PhD at VT (in Rhetoric and Writing). He is also the founding director of the Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships (now VT-Engage) and the lead faculty member in Veterans in Society initiative. The Virginia Tech Center for Humanities presents a series of talks by faculty research associates who will discuss their work. A light lunch will be provided during the presentation, with a Q & A session to follow. All talks are open to the public and we invite anyone to attend. While not required, please RSVP for lunch if possible. Apr 08, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Room 005, Liberal Arts and Human Science Building
  • CANCELED: Center for Humanities Pub Talk Series presents Dr. Matthew Gabriele "The Crusades: Then and Now" Due to ongoing concerns over the coronavirus (Covid-19), we're sorry to announce that this event is cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the fall. This talk will focus on the historical relationship between Christianity and Islam, particularly focusing on the period known as the Crusades. This was not, as has long been believed, the continuation of an ages-old conflict but rather happened for particular reasons in a particular place at a particular time. As such, modern political attempts to use the Crusades are little more than scams, using bad history to seduce people in the present. Matthew Gabriele is a professor of medieval studies and chair of the Department of Religion & Culture at Virginia Tech. His current project is a new, one-volume history of the medieval world, entitled The Bright Ages. The Center for Humanities at Virginia Tech presents a broad range of expert engagement with topics focusing on the human condition broadly conceived: from history to societal issues to performance to literature to the intersection of humanities and technology - all in an effort to promote informed engagement with topics that enlighten and broaden understanding of human experience, identity, and humanistic concerns about the world. Please join us as we hold a series of pub talks where Virginia Tech faculty in the humanities might discuss the broad significance of their research in ways that connect to people from the community. There will be a brief Q and A following the talk. Apr 09, 2020 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Rising Silo Brewery, 2361 Glade Rd, Blacksburg VA

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The Center for Humanities advances research based on humanistic methods of scholarship among faculty and students in arts, human-centered social sciences, and humanities fields working in their disciplines and collaborating with faculty across Virginia Tech. Supporting scholarship this way is essential to realizing the center’s objective of foregrounding the overarching relevance of the humanities that will be broadly impactful both within and beyond the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Beyond this, the center will collaborate with Virginia Tech’s legislative liaisons, the Department of Political Science, and the Policy Strategic Growth Area to focus on engaging legislators on matters of public policy related to the center’s major initiatives. The center will partner with the University’s Link office to engage corporate entities on matters of ethics and the impact of technology on humans. The center will also engage civic institutions pertaining to issues that bear directly on such areas as local residential life, health, security, and employment. Read More

"Networks of humans and machines are informing our decisions and improving our lives at home, on the highway, at work, and at play. As Virginia Tech and partners create these technologies, we have the responsibility and the opportunity to do so from the perspective of the human condition, addressing issues of design, access, ethics, policy, and regulation along with the development of the technology."

— Virginia Tech President, Tim Sands

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