'Vital Signs': Addressing the Role of Humanities in the Corporate University

Julieta Gonzalez
Feb. 13, 2004

Walter Mignolo, William H. Wannamaker Professor of Literature at Duke University, will give a presentation in the College of Humanities "Vital Signs" lecture series: "Tomorrow's Universities: the Role of Humanities in the Corporate University," Feb 19, 5-7 p.m.

"Vital Signs" is a series of lectures started last fall by the dean of the College of Humanities. Presentations in the series act as a conversation across disciplines, encouraging people in humanities to talk to counterparts in anthropology, the sciences, and other related fields.

Mignolo also will present the Keynote address at the 14th Annual Symposium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature, Language, and Culture on Friday, Feb. 20 from 5-6:30 p.m. in Modern Languages Room 311.

Mignolo is the academic director of Duke in the Andes, an interdisciplinary program in Latin American and Andean Studies in La Paz, Bolivia. He has also been named Permanent Researcher at Large at the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar in Quito, Ecuador. He has joint appointments in Cultural Anthropology and Romance Studies. He also directs the Center for Global Studies and the Humanities.

Mignolo received his doctorate from the École des Hautes Études, Paris. He has published extensively on semiotics and literary theories. He has also been working on different aspects of the modern/colonial world and exploring concepts such as global coloniality, the geopolitics of knowledge, border thinking and di/pluriversalities. His current interests include colonial expansion and nation building at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century.


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College of Humanities "Vital Signs" Lecture: "Tomorrow's Universities: The Role of the Humanities in the Corporate University" presented by Walter D. Mignolo