Geoffrey Harpham, Director, National Humanities Center

“How America Invented the Humanities”
Forum on the Humanities & the Public World
Photo of Geoffrey Harpham.
Monday, Jan 31, 2011 | 5:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Geoffrey Harpham, President and Director of the National Humanities Center, is a historian of and an advocate for the humanities. His scholarship also focuses on the role of ethics in literary study, the work of Joseph Conrad, and the place of language in intellectual history. Dr. Harpham’s publications include One of Us: The Mastery of Joseph ConradShadows of Ethics: Criticism and the Just Society; and The Humanities and the Dream of America. Dr. Harpham has also collaborated with M. H. Abrams on A Glossary of Literary Terms. He has received fellowships from the J. S. Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Under his leadership, the National Humanities Center has sponsored initiatives that have encouraged dialogue between the humanities and the natural and social sciences.