Abraham Kuyper Center

Programme Summer Seminar

Day 1: The Epistemic Goals and Status of the Humanities

August 21


08.30 – 09.30 Registration  
09.30 – 09.45 Opening  
09.45 – 11.00 Lecture 1 The Humanities, Understanding, and Wisdom
Stephen Grimm (Fordham University)
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 – 12.45 Lecture 2 The Tragic Consequences of the Secular Imperative on the Humanities: New Possibilities 
Mary Poplin (Claremont Graduate University)
12.45 – 14.00 Lunch  
14.00 – 15.15 Lecture 3 What can we learn from the high points of European literature about the value and meaning of life?
Suzanne Keen (Washington and Lee University)
15.15 – 15.45 Break
15.45 – 17.00 Lecture 4 How does poetry give us a handle on answers to life’s Big Questions?
Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei (Fordham University)
17.30 – Dinner  

 

Day 2: The Humanities and the Big Questions

August 22


09.30 – 10.30 Lecture 5 Was thinking of theology as the queen of the sciences a mistake?
Gijsbert van den Brink (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
10.30 – 11.00 Break  
11.00 – 12.00 Lecture 6 What is the place of theology among the humanities?
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12.00 – 13.15 Lunch
13.15 – 14.15 Lecture 7 tbd
Rik Peels (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
14.15 – 15.15 Lecture 8 tbd
Klemens Kappel (University of Copenhagen)
15.15 – 15.45 Break
15.45 – 16.45 Lecture 9 If science aims to satisfy human’s penultimate curiosity, do the humanities aim to satisfy human’s ultimate curiosity?
Andrew Briggs (Oxford University)
17.30 – Dinner @ VU
20.00 Theatre

 

Day 3: Why the Humanities Matter

August 23


09.30 – 10.45 Lecture 10 Does history teach us anything?
Maartje Janse (Leiden University)
10.45 – 11.15 Break
11.15 – 12.30 Lecture 11 What is the relevance, both academically and for society at large, of the humanities?
Marcus Düwell (Utrecht University)
12.30 – 13.45 Lunch
13.45 – 15.00 Lecture 12 What does philosophy have to contribute to public discourse?
Michael Lynch (University of Connecticut)
15.00 – 15.30 Break
15.30 – 17.00 Lecture 13 Panel discussion on valorization in the humanities
Sabine Roeser (Delft University of Technology), Ben Peperkamp (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Michael Lynch (University of Connecticut)
17.00 – 18.00 Closing Drinks

 


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