A Conversation on the Public Humanities

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170 St. George Street, 10th floor, Room 1040, Jackman Humanities Institute

The American Literature Research Collaborative presents:

 A Conversation on the Public Humanities

What is the relationship between humanities scholarship and public life?
This panel will feature a conversation between Randy Boyagoda, Andrea Most, and Xine Yao about their experience as public humanities scholars, the varieties of public humanities work, and concerns, issues, and imperatives behind the public face of scholarship.

Space is limited and registration is required. Lunch will be provided.

Randy Boyagoda (Professor of English and Principal of St Michael’s College at the University of Toronto)

Randy Boyagoda is the author of three novels, a SSHRC-supported critical biography, and a scholarly monograph. He contributes essays, reviews, and opinions to publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, First Things, Commonweal, Harper’s, Financial Times (UK), Guardian, New Statesman, Globe and Mail, and National Post and appears frequently on CBC Radio. He served as President of PEN Canada from 2015-2017.

Andrea Most (Professor of English, American Literature, Environmental Studies, and Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto)

Andrea Most conducts multidisciplinary community-engaged research, teaches experiential courses, and speaks widely on the local food and environmental movements. She is co-founder and Creative Director of Bela Farm, a site for experimental agriculture, art, education, and advocacy around urgent environmental issues. She also directs the Persephone Project, a collective of scholars, writers, artists, farmers and scientists dedicated to creating a new feminism for an overheated planet.

Xine Yao (Lecturer in American Literature to 1900 at University College London)

Xine Yao is the co-host of PhDivas, a podcast about academia, culture, and social justice across the STEM/humanities divide. Her first book Disaffected: The Cultural Politics of Unfeeling in Nineteenth-Century America is under contract with Duke University Press, and her recent publications explore solidarity and comparative racialization between Black, Asian, and Indigenous peoples. She is the 2019 recipient of the UCL Student Choice Teaching Award for Diverse and Inclusive Education.

To register for this free event, please email stephanie.redekop@mail.utoronto.ca



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