The Humanities Lab often co-sponsors events and workshops with departments and organizations at American University.
You can suggest a collaboration, or request to use our workspace in 228 Battelle-Tompkins for events related to the humanities, by sending us an email.
Community Events from 2015-2016:
Colloquium on Claudia Rankine’s Citizen
Exploring the work of Claudia Rankine’s book Citizen, An American Lyric. This community event featured presentations and conversations among faculty, students and the AU and DC communities, in anticipation of the poet’s visit and reading form her work at AU. More than 100 people attended the events of this day, which also included a panel on the role journalists play in shaping the story, with representatives from ThinkProgress and News2Share.
In this lecture, professor Aram Sinnreich presented his research on remix culture, on the challenges posed by of contemporary media mixing in forms such as mashups and memes. Collecting data from thousands of adult Internet users across a range of nations between 2006-2015, Professor Sinnreich examines our attitude towards these new “configurable” cultural practices
Celebrating Karel Čapek’s play R. U. R.
Organized by the Embassy of the Czech Republic and moderated by Despina Kakoudaki, this panel brought together a renowned group of scholars to discuss the play R.U.R (Rossum’s Universal Robots). First performed in 1921, the play introduced the word “robot” into the world, and also presented a meditation on technology, humanity and the future. Our panel explores the lasting impact of this work.