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Nov 6

Mobilizing the Humanities for the Future of Democracy

Presented by the FAU/Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

November 6, 2019


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Karen J. Leader

If the humanities are understood to encompass human belief, knowledge, expression and experience, mobilizing them asserts the value of humanistic inquiry to human flourishing. Indeed, liberal arts education is a cornerstone of a democratic citizenry, which must be capable of discernment and critical thought. Yet the humanities are being stifled by STEM, marginalized by the instrumentalization of higher education, and threatened with extinction through the business model that privileges “performance” over academic excellence. This illustrated lecture, utilizing art history as a paradigmatic discipline, will demonstrate that, hardly the elitist or soft disciplines disrespected by pundits and politicians, the humanities are in fact essential for the challenges we face. To mobilize is to marshal, deploy, muster, rally, call up, assemble, amass, organize. The word connotes action, and mobility implies movement. This presentation delivered via lecture with slides and suggested readings will explore and critique ways in which embattled public education connects to our increasingly fragile democracy. Dr. Leader will argue for an engaged humanities, ready to occupy the public sphere and reclaim the body politic.

Karen J. Leader is Associate Professor of Art History at Florida Atlantic University. She received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley and her MA and PhD at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She is Director of the Barb Schmidt Fellowship: Cultivating Community Involvement, Activism, and Social Change. Her areas of interest include art and popular culture in the 19th-21st centuries and feminist theory. In addition to teaching and writing, Dr. Leader has lectured extensively at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and elsewhere

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  • Venue Abdo New River Room at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts
  • Price $35.00
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