Vital Signs: The Work of Humanistic Inquiry

Julieta Gonzalez
Aug. 28, 2003

Conversations, presentations and poetry readings sponsored by Charles Tatum, dean of the College of Humanities, will explore the humanities and interdisciplinary fields of knowledge.

Three events in September will initiate dialogue on critical and theoretical approaches to research, teaching and help foster a spirit of intellectual curiosity and excitement. According to Tatum, the dialogue is necessary because "our disciplines have undergone significant and rapid changes in the past four decades and our challenge is to reinvigorate what and how we teach. The goal is to think creatively together about ways we can both strengthen existing teaching, research, and programmatic collaborations and initiate new ones," says Tatum."

These presentations will inaugurate the College of Humanities-sponsored series of lectures and discussions designed to promote conversations between faculty and students.

Mary Louise Pratt is the president of the Modern Language Association and the Silver Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature at New York University. She is affiliated with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Pratt's area of scholarly concentration focuses mainly on Latin American literature, culture and literary theory.

Renato Rosaldo, Jr. grew up in Tucson and received his doctorate degree from Harvard University in 1971. Most recently, he was the Lucie Stern Professor in Social Sciences at Stanford University. Rosaldo has taught courses in Chicano Life and Culture, Cultural Studies, Cultural Citizenship, history, society and Island Southeast Asia. He is a cultural anthropologist who has conducted extensive research in the Phillippines. Rosaldo also is an award-winning poet.