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UT Humanities Center Eighth Annual Distinguished Lecture Series — William Egginton

“Humanities Education at the Crossroads: Why the Liberal Arts Are Fundamental to Democracy”

In his lecture, Professor William Egginton posits that US college and university education has come to embody the very social and economic inequality it should be challenging, thereby amplifying political and social divisions in our country and making it harder for democracy to function. After sketching a history of the factors that contributed to this trend, Professor Egginton will show how the liberal arts can refocus our educational institutions to support a sense of national community and civic engagement.

WILLIAM EGGINTON is the Decker Professor in the Humanities at the Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches literature and the relation between literature and philosophy and where he directs the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute. He is the co-editor of three books of essays and author of eight books, including work on Cervantes’ Don Quixote. His most recent book is The Splintering of the American Mind (Bloomsbury, 2018).

This event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Parking: Volunteer Hall Garage, at 1545 White Avenue

Monday, January 27, 2020 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm

John C Hodges Library, Lindsay Young Auditorium
1015 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville TN

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Lectures & Presentations


Humanities & Social Sciences


Current Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public


Denbo Center for Humanities & the Arts


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Joan Murray

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