All posts by Stéfan Sinclair


4Humanities@AU will function as a local traditional discussion/study group on topics related to the humanities and advocacy of the humanities and as an active member of the international 4Humanities Collective. As a local chapter, 4Humanities@AU will meet periodically during the academic year to hold public workshops and brainstorming sessions and to discuss readings on pertinent topics; some of the initial meetings will be also dedicated to the structure of the group, the website and the production of specific local projects to contribute to advocacy. At least one of the meetings during the academic year will be dedicated to conferencing with other affiliate institutions of the broader 4Humanities Collective. Every year, the chapter will also host one face-to-face colloquium with a keynote guest on humanities or digital humanities.

  • 4Humanities@AU Convenor: Giovanna Summerfield (Italian and French, AU and Associate Dean for Educational Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts, AU)
  • Research Assistant & Graduate Student Coordinator: Melani Landerfelt

4Humanities@AU Meetings

  • FIRST MEETING 21 Jan 3:00 pm 310 Tichenor Hall

Digital Resources

  • CLA Careers Video


McGill for Humanities

From In times of economic crisis like the present, it is easy to attack the Humanities as irrelevant. Today, students are under pressure to take courses that lead directly to instant jobs. And yet Humanities classes are still packed. Why? What does that tell us about what students, and indeed society, need? Join us for a […]

Confronting the Criticisms: A Survey of Attacks on the Humanities

The task of defending the relevancy of the humanities relies significantly upon succinctly and creatively responding to critiques made against them. This article attempts to summarize a fair number of view points critiquing the humanities, with the goal of providing a sort of partial overview of arguments that are appearing in the ongoing debate.