Loyola University Maryland

Democracy and the Humanities Symposium


Friday, Sept. 25

 Time Event Location
11 a.m. 

Poster presentation of Loyola University Maryland faculty research funded by NEH grants 

  • Jack Breihan, Professor of History
  • Juniper Ellis, Professor of English
  • Melissa Girard, Assistant Professor of English
  • Janine Holc, Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Steven C. Hughes, Professor of History
  • Elliot King, Professor of Communication
  • Barbara Mallonee, Emeritus Professor of Writing
  • Robert Miola, Gerard Manley Hopkins Professor of English
  • Dale Snow, Associate Professor of Philosophy

McGuire Hall 

12:30 p.m.

Panel presentation of student work supported by Loyola’s Center for the Humanities, Honors Program, and Messina First-Year Program
(all three established with assistance from NEH grants)

  • Valerie Casola, '17, History/Writing major
  • Emily Chambers, '17, Engineering major
  • Sydney Groll, '16, Psychology/Spanish major
  • Nicholas Johnston, '16, Philosophy/Psychology major
  • Wesley Peters, '16, English major
  • Martha Taylor, Professor of Classics (moderator)
  • Lydia Tefera, '17, Political Science major
  • Joshua Ziesel, '17, Classics/English major

 McGuire Hall East

2 p.m.

Opening Address: Humanistic Social Science: An Endangered Species?
Alan Wolfe, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Boisi Center for Religion and Public Life, Boston College

Introduction: Amanda M. Thomas, Dean, Loyola College, Loyola University Maryland

 McGuire Hall West

3:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Loyola and the NEH         

Welcome: Amy Wolfson, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Loyola University Maryland    

  • Douglas B. Harris, Interim Dean of First-Year Students and Academic Services and Co-director, Messina First-Year Program
  • Thomas D. McCreight, President, Epsilon of Maryland Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa
  • Gayla McGlamery, Former Director, Honors Program
  • Mark Osteen, Director, Center for the Humanities
  • David Roswell, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and former Dean, Loyola College of Arts and Sciences
  • Thomas Scheye, Distinguished Service Professor of English
    and former Provost (moderator)
  • Joseph J. Walsh, Former Director, Honors Program

 McGuire Hall East

5 p.m.

Keynote Address: America, the Humanities, and the Fate and Fortunes
of Public Goods

Richard Brodhead, President, Duke University

 McGuire Hall West

6:15 p.m.    


 Hug Lounge and Refectory

Saturday, Sept. 26

 Time  Event  Location
10 a.m. 

Breakout Session 1:
“Strange Bedfellows: Ignatius Loyola and Ralph Waldo Emerson”
The Jesuit tradition of education has a similar mission as the American liberal arts tradition - a commitment to what Ignatius called “discernment" and Emerson termed “man thinking."  Both focus on the whole person, men and women in what Emerson said was an original rather than a socially divided state of being.

  • Patricia Bizzell, Professor of English, College of the Holy Cross; Cardin Chair in the Humanities, Loyola University Maryland
  • Rev. John J. Conley, S.J., Henry J. Knott Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Loyola University Maryland (moderator)
  • Paul Lukacs, Associate Professor of English, Loyola University Maryland
  • Kenneth S. Sacks, Professor of History and Classics, Brown University 

College Center Conference Room 107 


Breakout Session 2:
“Revisiting the Two Cultures: The Humanities and the Sciences”
In 1959, C. P. Snow famously declared that “the intellectual life of the whole of western society” was split between two cultures, that of the sciences and that of the humanities. Does that split still exist today? Or have Snow’s two cultures so changed and mutated over the past fifty years that, at least within higher education, both now face different threats from different places?

  • D. Graham Burnett, Professor of History, Princeton University
  • Frank Cunningham, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University Maryland (moderator)
  • Gregory N. Derry, Professor of Physics, Loyola University Maryland
  • Lisa Dolling, Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Manhattanville College

 McGuire Hall East


Breakout Session 3:
“Living in a Digital Age: The Humanities and Technology”
Technology continues to reshape both academic scholarship and pedagogy. To what degree is it also reshaping, or might it reshape, the place of the humanities in both American universities and American culture at large?

  • Matthew K. Gold, Associate Professor of English and Digital Humanities,
    The City University of New York
  • Neil Fraistat, Professor of English, University of Maryland, and
    Director of the Maryland Institute of Technology in the Humanities
  • Elliot King, Professor of Communication, Loyola University Maryland (moderator)
  • Sarah Werner, Independent Scholar and Digital Media Specialist
  • Jeffrey C. Witt, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University Maryland

 McGuire Hall West


Breakout Session 4:
“Family Resemblances: Uniting the Humanities”
What unites the humanities? Do the different disciplines labeled as such have something in common? Or, following the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, are they connected instead by a network of similarities and resemblances?

  • James J. Buckley, Professor of Theology, Loyola University Maryland (moderator)
  • Stephen Kidd, Executive Director, National Humanities Alliance
  • Mark Osteen, Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Humanities, Loyola University Maryland
  • Lynn Pasquerella, President, Mount Holyoke College

 College Center Conference Room 113

11:30 a.m.

Panel Presentation: “Founding and Supporting the Endowment: Why then? Why now?” 

In 1963, three educational organizations –the American Council of Learned Societies, the Council of Graduate Schools in America, and the United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa –joined together to establish a National Commission on the Humanities.  When the Commission issued its report the following year, it called for "the establishment by the President and the Congress of the United States of a National Humanities Foundation.”  On September 29, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act into law,establishing both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. As we celebrate its anniversary, it behooves us both to look back and to look ahead.  Why did these three quite different organizations care so much back then?  Why do they care now?

  • Robert M. Augustine, Vice-President, Council of Graduate Schools
  • John Churchill, National Secretary, the Phi Beta Kappa Society
  • Richard Ekman, President, Council of Independent Colleges (moderator)
  • Steven C. Wheatley, Vice-President, American Council of Learned Societies

 McGuire Hall East

12:45 p.m. Lunch*

 Reading Room, Andrew White Student Center

2 p.m. First Plenary Address: On Participatory Readiness: Why the Humanities are Necessary for Democracy
Danielle Allen, Professor of Government and Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University

McGuire Hall 

3:15 p.m.

Breakout Session 5:
"Conversations Through Time: The Humanities and Democratic Citizenship”
What does it mean to be a citizen in a democracy?  What are citizenship’s obligations and responsibilities?  How can education in the humanities help one fulfill them?

  • Danielle Allen, Professor of Government and Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University
  • Richard Boothby, Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University Maryland (moderator)
  • Scott Casper, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Diana Schaub, Professor of Political Science, Loyola University Maryland

 4th Floor Program Room, Andrew White Student Center


Breakout Session 6:
“Citizens of the World: The Humanities in a Global Age”
In an increasingly globalized world, where the primacy of the nation is being
challenged by the growth of transnational connections, the humanities no longer can be conceived of simply as repositories of national culture.
To what degree can they help people transcend local loyalties and parochial interests?

  • Michele Alacevich, Director of Global Studies and Assistant Professor of History, Loyola University Maryland
  • Sandra Bermann, Cotsen Professor of the Humanities and Professor of Comparative Literature, Princeton University
  • George Greenia, Professor of Hispanic Studies, College of William and Mary
  • Paul Jay, Professor of English, Loyola University Chicago
  • Brian Norman, Associate Vice-President for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, Loyola University Maryland (moderator)

 College Center Conference Room 107


Breakout Session 7:
“A House Divided: Current Political Realities and the Humanities”
The humanities are often devalued in contemporary political discourse.
Commentators on both the left and the right claim that they are irrelevant to today’s e
conomic and social realities.
Why is this so, and how should those engaged in humanistic learning respond?

  • David Bromwich, Sterling Professor of English, Yale University
  • Douglas B. Harris, Professor of Political Science, Loyola University Maryland (moderator)
  • Donna Heiland, Vice-President and Special Assistant to the President, Emerson College
  • Thomas R. Pegram, Professor of History, Loyola University Maryland
  • John P. Sarbanes, United States Congressman, Maryland 3rd District
  • Christopher Scalia, Associate Professor of English, University of Virginia at Wise

 McGuire Hall


Breakout Session 8:
“A Common Good: Public Humanities and the American University”
What is the relationship between professionalized research in the humanities and public research beyond university campuses? Why do practitioners of each so often regard one another with suspicion? To better serve a democratic society, what should the relationship be?

  • Timothy K. Eatman, Co-director, “Imagining America"
  • Phoebe Stein, Executive Director, Maryland Humanities Council
  • Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication, Loyola University Maryland (moderator)
  • Kathleen Woodward, Director, Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington

 College Center Conference Room 113

5 p.m.

Second Plenary Address: Why the Humanities Matter Now: Democratic Citizenship in the Post-Millennial Age
William D. Adams, Chairman, The National Endowment for the Humanities

 McGuire Hall

6:15 p.m. Reception and Dinner*

 Academic Quadrangle

The Symposium Registration and Information Center, located in the McGuire Hall Atrium of the Andrew White Student Center, will be open on Friday, September 25 from 10 a.m.to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, September 26 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

*All presentations and lectures are free and open to the public, though advance registration is required.  Receptions and meals are by invitation, with a limited number of other spaces available for a fee. 

Democracy and the Humanities is funded by Loyola University Maryland’s Center for the Humanities, Messina First-Year Program, and Office of Academic Affairs.

The Symposium is being co-sponsored by: The American Council of Learned Societies, The Council of Graduate Schools, The Council of Independent Colleges, The Maryland Humanities Council, The Phi Beta Kappa Society, and The National Humanities Alliance.