The Humanities Center hosts, co-sponsors, and promotes humanities events across campus and in the local area. Our events are listed on the WVU calendar and fuller descriptions are found on this page. If you would like the Center to co-sponsor an event, please email us.
Humanities Center events for 2019-2020
AUGUST 28, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Apothecary Ale House
Welcome Back: Humanities Center Social
September 3, 7:00 pm, Milano Reading Room, Downtown Library
“Performing Our Futures" Ben Fink with Appalshop, Denise Johnson with Arch Social Community Network, and Gwen Johnson with Lechter County Social Hub
Co-Sponsored with the Center for Community Resilience
September 4, 9:00-11:30 am, Room 2036, Downtown Library
“Performing Our Futures: a Workshop" Ben Fink with Appalshop, Denise Johnson with Arch Social Community Network, and Gwen Johnson with Lechter County Social Hub
Co-Sponsored with the Center for Community Resilience
September 9, 6:00 p.m., Mountainlair Green (Gold ballroom if it's raining)
A Campus Read Event: Disorientation: Life Beyond the Comfort Zone
Sponsored by the Office of Global Affairs
Where do you fit in the culture around you? We live in a world of labels, and it’s easy to fall into the default settings of your environment. But when you’re confronted with culture shock, you’re offered a moment to evaluate and choose who to become. Using Tara Westover’s experience in Educated as a guide, we’ll explore the forces that impact your individuality and seek out ways to take control of your identity
September 24, 6:00 p.m. Digital Storytelling Hub, Media Innovation Center
“Educated” A Book Club Discussion EDUCATED”
Join the Reed College of Media for a book club style discussion of “Educated.”
October 24, 7:00 pm, Mountainlair Gold Ballroom
Campus Read Panel: American Mythologies
Four members of the faculty and staff unpack some of the myths and assumptions baked into Tara Westover’s book. Topics covered will include the patriot movement, American individualism, settler colonialism, and higher education.
Charlotte Hoelke, assistant director, Women’s Resource Center & clinical assistant professor LGBTQ+ Center
Lynne Stahl, humanities librarian, WVU Libraries
Niara Campbell, program coordinator, Rise WVU
John Temple, professor, Reed College of Media
October 21, 7:00 pm, Milano Reading Room, Downtown Library
This event is a part of the Dan and Betsy Brown Lecture Series
November 7, 5:30-7:00 p.m. E. Moore Hall
A Campus Read Event: Graduate Student Social
The Office of Graduate Education and Life is hosting a Campus Read social event. Graduate students are invited to talk about the themes of the book and share their personal experiences. Food and drinks will be provided.
November 11, 7:30 p.m., Mountainlair Ballrooms
Davis C. Hardesty Festival of Ideas Presents an Evening with the Author: Tara Westover
In Educated, Westover doesn’t shy away from depicting the pressures set forth by her family and upbringing over her creation of self. Despite her experiences of domestic violence, despair, and an utter lack of a formal education as a child, she evokes the beauty of her mountain home, the kindness of friends and administrators, and a sense of wholeness achieved by being part of an academic environment. Westover‘s journey was far from easy, but it ultimately allowed her to find her own voice and design her own path.
Co-sponsored by the Campus Read and WVU Humanities Center
NOTE: To accommodate the demand, University Events is offering free tickets to WVU students until Oct. 31 at 11 p.m.. On Nov. 1, the remaining seats will be offered to faculty, staff and the general public. Students can request their ticket at https://bit.ly/2m699vV. The password to access the site is “Tara Westover.” Students will need to enter their MIX email address and the ticket will be emailed to them.
November 18, 6:00 p.m., Mountainlair Gold Ballroom
Campus Read Panel: What it Means to be Educated
WVU staff reflect on their journey as first-generation college students
Jessica Dai, staff librarian, WVU Libraries
Sara Georgi, managing editor, WVU Press
Rickie Huffman, social media specialist, University Relations Enrollment
January 26, 7:00 pm, Bloch Hall, Creative Arts Center
George Lewis, Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music (Columbia University)
"Black Liveness Matters: Karel Čapek meets Blind Tom"
February 10, 7:00 pm, Milano Reading Room, Downtown Library
Jason Phillips, Eberly Professor of Civil War Studies, (History, West Virginia University)
"Looming Civil War: A History of the Future"
February 25, 6:00-7:30 pm, the Rhododendron Room, WVU Mountainlair
Recipients of 2019 Humanities Center Research Grants
“Humanities: Engaging with the Past, Present and Future"
March 10 , 7:00 pm, Milano Reading Room, Downtown Library
Johanna Winant(English, West Virginia University)
"Predictive Texts: Logic, Form, and Poetry"
March 25, 7:00 pm, Room 125, Brooks Hall
Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing(Anthropology, University of California , Santa Cruz)
“Feral Atlas: The More-Than-Human Anthropocene"
April 2 & 3
Appalachian Speculative Futures Conference
Co-Sponsored with the WVU Libraries
LISTEN TO OUR PODCAST “WVU READS”
Geoff Hilsabeck, Community Engagement Fellow with the WVU Humanities Center, hosts a weekly conversation centered around themes of the book. Learn more at https://humanitiescenter.wvu.edu.
CONSTRUCTING A LIFE: A VISUAL RESPONSE TO EDUCATED
Art Exhibit, Balcony Stewart Hall. Ongoing.
The works of art in this exhibition have been selected from the permanent collection of the Art Museum of West Virginia University to relate in some way to the larger themes of Tara Westover’s memoir. These objects, created by seven different artists, present ideas about identity, mentorship, belonging, taking an unconventional path, and persistence. Viewers of the exhibit may very well see these and other connections, as well as find resonance within their own lived experiences.
If you're interested in using the book in the classroom or developing an event, contact Rhonda Reymond, interim director of the Campus Read and the Humanities Center.