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Presented By: Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies

EIHS Symposium: Humanities-in-Recovery: The Case for Engaged Scholarship

Peter Blackmer, Amal Hassan Fadlalla, Ricky Punzalan, Anna Bonnell Freidin (moderator)

Format: This lecture is presented in hybrid format: in-person in 1014 Tisch Hall and virtual via Zoom webinar (register:

Description: The humanities have been in a state of “permanent crisis,” or so it seems. Yet the modern humanities were themselves conceived as a bulwark against a crisis of meaning and value. The current pandemic crisis has raised anew questions about the purpose of the humanities and what value they provide to society. Our multidisciplinary panel will engage with the question of the role of the humanities in relation to society. What is the role of engaged scholarship in this context? How can it avoid the mere instrumentalization of complex artifacts and problematics? The panelists will address these questions and more in the context of their own work.

• Peter Blackmer (Assistant Professor, Africology and African American Studies, Eastern Michigan University)
• Amal Hassan Fadlalla (Professor; Afroamerican and African Studies, Anthropology, Women's and Gender Studies; University of Michigan)
• Ricky Punzalan (Associate Professor of Information, School of Information, University of Michigan)
• Anna Bonnell Freidin (moderator; Assistant Professor, History, University of Michigan)

This event presented by the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. It is made possible in part by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.

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