Humanities Institute

Faculty Fellows Seminar

Spring 2017 Seminar with Priscilla WaldThe theme of the 2017 Humanities Institute seminar is “Health, Well-Being, Healing.”  This theme, chosen to celebrate the opening of the Dell Medical School, is designed to engage faculty, students, visiting lecturers, and the broader community in a wide-ranging discussion of the medical humanities, broadly understood, including the history of medicine; philosophies of embodiment, suffering, and wellbeing; bioethics; narrative medicine; social medicine; comparative healing practices; healthcare relationships; health and the environment; spirituality and healing; the arts and healing; death and dying; disability studies; and more. Here is a list of Faculty Fellows chosen to participate in the Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 seminar on this theme.

The Humanities Institute Faculty Seminar meets weekly during the academic year to explore an annually selected issue or theme that lends itself to inquiry across a broad disciplinary spectrum. Designed to promote intellectual collaboration and collegiality across college and departmental lines, the seminar is open to faculty by application. Advanced graduate students may also apply to take the seminar for course credit. Successful faculty applicants are appointed as Humanities Institute Fellows and receive a one-course teaching load reduction for the semester of their appointment in the Institute. Each faculty fellow typically leads one session of the seminar on work or interests related to the annual theme.

Each group of fellows also invites four or five distinguished visitors whose work has been formative for the issues under discussion to guest-lead sessions of the seminar and deliver public lectures in the Institute's Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series. Faculty from the colleges of Liberal Arts, Fine Arts, and Communication, from the schools of Law, Social Work, and Architecture, and from the McCombs School of Business have participated in the interdisciplinary seminar. Many Faculty Fellows take the opportunity to work on a large project or book during the semester of the seminar.

Past annual themes have included: "Imagined Futures," "Ethical Life in a Global Society," "The Future of Disciplinary Knowledge," "Texas in Global Contexts," "Modernity," "The Work of Religion: Past, Present, and Future," "Remembering and Forgetting, Collecting and Discarding," and "The Human and its Others."

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