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  • VT Humanities Week: Book Discussion on The Bright Ages Virginia Tech Professor Matthew Gabriele joins his coauthor David Perry to discuss their recently published book The Bright Ages: A New History of Medieval Europe. Join these authors as they shed light on surprising aspects the socalled European Middle Ages, from the varieties of religious traditions to fascinating histories of war to the rule of queens. Feb 20, 2023 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Holtzman 2nd Floor Board Room
  • VT Humanities Week Talk: Humanities Unlocked: Education for Incarcerated Students This discussion about the Humanities for All: Prison Learning Initiative will be moderated by Margaret Breslau, Co-founder of the Virginia Prison Justice Network. Feb 21, 2023 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM North End Center, Room 2420/2430
  • Giovanni-Steger Poetry Prize Ceremony Feb 21, 2023 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM Moss Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall
  • VT Humanities Week Talk: Open Access and the Humanities: Making Sense of a Sea Change in Scholarly Publishing The open access movement has been around for decades but only recently has it gained a foothold in the humanities. How should we assess this development? Should all humanities scholarship be OA? This roundtable brings together Virginia Tech faculty who have successfully published their work in a variety of OA venues to share what they have learned from their experiences and consider what the future holds. Q&A is encouraged. Feb 22, 2023 12:30 PM - 11:59 PM Torgersen Rm. 3310
  • VT Humanities Week: Is Technology Value-Laden? Joseph Pitt, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy, will speak about whether technology is value laden by examining some of the pros and cons, and then suggesting a third option. It is people who have values which are seen in terms of the actions people undertake. This then raises the issue of, which values should people act upon. Pitts answer is that individuals need to engage others to bring about a world which exhibits their common vision and this is what the humanities force us to face. Feb 22, 2023 1:00 PM - 11:59 PM Major Williams 225
  • VT Humanities Week: Humanities and the Future of our Politics How did we get here? Where do we go from here? Michael Slaby, a major architect of digital media for communicating ideas in politics, has written with circumspection about the failed promises of social media to democratize public expression. What lessons have we learned from the past decade of digital technology and public discourse? What challenges will the future bring? Join us as Slaby explains the role of humanities in securing the future of American democracy and the public sphere. Feb 22, 2023 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Holtzman Assembly Hall
  • VT Humanities Week: US History in 10: Foods, Animals, and Laborers How might we see history differently if we looked at it through new lenses? In this panel, four presenters will each share 10 slides in 10 minutes, telling stories of foods, wild animals, condiments, and technological workers that can make us rethink US History and the people, foods, and environments of which it is comprised. The talks will be engaging, fast-paced, and accessible entry points for anyone to think about our past in new ways. Theme appropriate refreshments will be served. Feb 23, 2023 4:00 PM - 11:59 PM Newman Library Rm. 101S
  • VT Humanities Week Marquee Panel: Humanities and the Future of Technology Scott Hartley, a successful technology entrepreneur and Silicon Valley expert, has literally written the book when it comes to the urgency of humanities in a technological world. In a dynamic conversation with Laura Belmonte, the dean of the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Hartley draws on his experience in developing and leading the innovation economy to explain why the liberal arts will rule the digital world and why the knowledge and skills that the humanities cultivate is vital to the future of talent in an innovation economy. Feb 23, 2023 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Graduate Life Center - 5:30pm Reception in the Multipurpose Room -7:00pm Program in Auditorium
  • Mutual aid amidst militarization: Visions of anarchist abolitions futures for the United States You are invited to join a livestream interview with Dr. Priya Dixit, Center for Humanities Research Associate for the 2022-2023 academic year, which will be live on the Center for Humanities YouTube page ( Synopsis: It is well known that the United States is one of the most militarized countries in the world. Its military spending far surpasses its peers. Domestically, there are multiple levels of armed law enforcement with often overlapping authority. Civilian ownership of guns in the United States is higher than elsewhere as the US is the only country where there are more guns than people. It is difficult to conceptualize safety for communities and society in the context of this ongoing militarization of society. Here, I utilize the practices of prefigurative politics and mutual aid drawn from abolitionist and anarchist political thought and connect these to contemporary examples drawn from fieldwork experiences in Appalachia. In doing so, I theorize and imagine futures that are connected to anarchist and abolitionist theories of the state, violence, and the role of the individual. Overall, an anarchist abolitionist approach calls for anti statist, mutual-aid based practices to prevent and counter harm to communities. In contrast to militarized politics which centers the state and its use of force, an anarchist abolitionist approach illustrates how safety and security can be reimagined and re-made in the face of increasing militarization and state violence. Mar 30, 2023 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM