Today marks the first day of the 2012 Humanities Symposium! This year’s Humanities Symposium focuses on the theme, The Transforming Book. Given the historical and transforming significance the book has had for human civilization, the symposium will feature discussion of the book’s effects on human civilization as well as the contemporary effects technology has for the medium.

The Symposium Keynote Address will feature Dr. Anthony Grafton, author of nine books including “Codex in Crisis” (2008).  Dr. Grafton will present a lecture entitled, The Book: Its Future and Past on Thursday, February 24 from 8:00-9:30 p.m. in Brubaker Auditorium.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Anthony Grafton

The featured Political Science Session, Transforming Political Thought: Seminal Books on Politics, will take place Wednesday, February 22 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Boyer 131. The session will feature a panel discussion by Department of Politics faculty. The panel will present four books that individual faculty members believe have transformed political thought throughout the past two centuries. The book titles suggest their perennial importance to Anglo-American politics: “The Federalist Papers,” “Democracy in America,” “The Acquisitive Society” and “Power and Interdependence.”

See the Humanities Symposium’s Full Schedule of Events