Time: 9pm (China time) / 9am (EST)
Zoom Meeting ID: 344-318-9585
Hosted by the Freedom Lab’s faculty and student researchers, the launch will introduce the lab, its objectives and research projects, as well as a series of exciting events for 2020. The launch will feature a talk on “Freedom and the Character of Scholarship by Geoffrey Harpham, senior fellow at the Kenan Institute on Ethics, Duke University, and a Q&A session. (A recording of the event will be shared later on the Freedom Lab website.)
Talk: “Freedom and the Character of Scholarship”
What is a scholar? Although the subject is rarely addressed directly, the act of scholarship requires a certain kind of human character, a certain kind of personality, with particular forms of empowerment and restriction. The primary example will be the great African-American scholar W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963), who set out very deliberately to learn how to be a scholar when he studied at Harvard and the University of Berlin.
Speaker: Geoffrey Harpham is a visiting scholar and senior fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. He train as a literary scholar but has worked in a wide range of fields within the humanities. His abiding concerns have been ethics and literary study, the concept of language, the work of Joseph Conrad, and, more recently, a variety of issues relating to educational theory and practice, especially the humanities. His more recent books are “Language Alone: The Critical Fetish of Modernity,” “The Character of Criticism,” and “The Humanities and the Dream of America.” He is co-author with M.H. Abrams of “A Glossary of Literary Terms.” From 2003 to 2015, he was the director of the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park.