4Humanities@UCSB will hold its initial meeting of the 2013-14 academic year on Thursday, November 7th (noon – 1:30, South Hall 2509). Continuing and new participants in the group are invited to come discuss the important recent report titled “The Heart of the Matter” (summary [PDF]) (full report [PDF]) which the American Academy of Arts & Science’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences produced for its report to the U.S. Congress.
Later in fall quarter, 4Humanities@UCSB will meet to continue work on its practical projects in digital-based advocacy for the humanities and its collaboration with allied groups elsewhere in the nation and world.
4Humanities@UCSB functions both independently as a Research Focus Group of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center (IHC) at UC Santa Barbara and as a local chapter of the international 4Humanities.org initiative. As a local IHC Research Focus Group, 4Humanities@UCSB meets periodically during the year around a few topics and readings–e.g., core issues in public discourse on the humanities, current media technologies for advocacy, etc. Beyond discussion-style activity, 4Humanities@UCSB also has a practical production-shop dimension. The group will create content for 4Humanities by writing posts, starting new group projects, contributing to a sitewide bibliography, and so on. The group will also link up with local chapters of 4Humanities now forming at other universities.