Back Session 708

Sunday, 8:30–9:45 a.m., Lone Star A, JW Marriott

Privileged Publics, Disenfranchised Publics: Are the Humanities for the Working Class?

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A special session. Presiding: Andrea Kaston Tange, Macalester Coll.

Speakers: Simon Kovesi, Oxford Brookes Univ.; Cristina Migliaccio, Saint John’s Univ., NY; Sharon O’Dair, Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; Martin B. Shichtman, Eastern Michigan Univ.; Shreerekha Subramanian, Univ. of Houston, Clear Lake

Panelists focus on working-class access to the humanities in a time of economic precarity, discussing such issues as: Who are the publics that humanities programs serve, and what are their varying obligations to those publics? To what degree do socioeconomic factors shape students’ study of the humanities? How can members of academic institutions best help shape public discussions of the humanities?

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