Abraham Kuyper Center

Programme Summer Seminar

Day 1: The Epistemic Goals and Status of the Humanities

August 21


09.00 – 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 –

20.00

Dinner

Theatre Show

 An Evening with C.S. Lewis

 

Day 2: The Humanities and the Big Questions

August 22


09.30 – 10.45 Lecture 5 Was thinking of theology as the queen of the sciences a mistake?
Gijsbert van den Brink (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
10.45 – 11.15 Break  
11.15 – 12.30 Lecture 6 How Literature Embodies Unique Epistemic Value:
A Case Study of Ignorance, Knowledge, and Understanding in Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Edith Wharton’s Summer
Rik Peels (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
12.30 – 13.45 Lunch
13.45 – 15.00 Lecture 7 The role of the humanities in liberal democracy
Klemens Kappel (University of Copenhagen)
15.00 – 15.30 Break
15.30 – 16.45 Lecture 8 Science and humanities—penultimate and ultimate curiosity?
Andrew Briggs (Oxford University)
 17.30 Dinner

 

Day 3: Why the Humanities Matter

August 23


09.30 – 10.45 Lecture 9 Does history teach us anything?
Maartje Janse (Leiden University)
10.45 – 11.15 Break
11.15 – 12.30 Lecture 10 On the Uses and Abuses of the Humanities for University and for Society at large
Marcus Düwell (Utrecht University)
12.30 – 13.45 Lunch
13.45 – 15.00 Lecture 11 Truth, Politics and the Humanistic Attitude
Michael Lynch (University of Connecticut)
15.00 – 15.30 Break
15.30 – 17.00 Lecture 12 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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