Programming

Center Events

  • CANCELED: Introspection Introspected: Reading Your Own Mind as the Key to Creatical Thinking Lee Pierson, who holds a Ph.D. in cognitive thinking from Cornell University, conducts Creatical Thinking and other seminars for students from grade school to grad school and beyond. He is the director of the Thinking Skills Institute. "Creatical Thinking" refers to the processes of going beyond the faulty automatic "programming" (the invalid assumptions) that makes bad critical thinking and breaks good creative thinking. It is how you can refocus your thought process when what comes to mind automatically has left your thinking stuck, sidetracked, cognitively biased, or otherwise in error. Introspection on thinking - identifying what to think about next for getting your thinking back on track to its goal (the "key issue") - is the skill needed for getting this process started. While not required, please RSVP if possible by March 25th. Mar 31, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Room 005, Liberal Arts and Human Science Building
  • 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
  • CANCELED: Black Feminism, Postcolonialism and American Higher Education: Gender, Race and the Body Andrea Baldwin is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. Her areas of research include Black Feminism, Black Feminist Pedagogy, Caribbean Feminism, and Transnational Feminism. 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 17, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Room 005, Liberal Arts and Human Science Building
  • Law Enforcement through Diversity Embedded Multicultural Community Policing: Finding Solutions for Faith Based Conflicts Please join the Virginia Tech Center for Humanities for this engaging talk with Dr. Vineet Kapoor. This talk is free and open to the public and we invite anyone to attend. A light lunch will be provided during the presentation, with a Q & A session to follow. While not required, please RSVP for lunch if possible. The state capacity to serve in a multicultural world depends upon how the institutions of governance derive peaceful solutions amidst competing claims and counter claims based on religion and culture to prevent violent conflicts and violations of civic peace. Drawing from the examples of the state of Madhya Pradesh in Central India, the culturally embedded community policing has evolved over the years as a model for maintaining a peaceful multicultural civic environment amidst a highly competing social life revolving around culture, identity and conflict. Although with disclaimers, this model has a replicable potential in environments of civic conflict in an increasingly complex multicultural world. Vineet Kapoor is a visiting research scholar and a visiting professor at UVA. He is a member of Indian Police Service who has worked in various police jurisdictions in India and with the UN Department for Peace Keeping Operations. Kapoor has an expertise in police reforms, human rights, police training and law enforcement related research. He earned his Ph.D. in Human Rights and its relationship with Police Education and Organizational Development. Apr 20, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Room 005, Liberal Arts and Human Science Building