University of Montana humanities lectures explore the human experience

MISSOULA – Six University of Montana faculty members will explore a wide array of topics related to the humanities – and why they’re still relevant today – during the UM Alumni Association’s 2016 Community Lecture Series, “Making Sense of Ourselves: Answers from the Humanities.”

            Lectures will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday, Feb. 16-March 22, in the University Center Theater. Each event will include a Q-and-A session.

UM history Professor Anya Jabour will launch the series Feb. 16 with “Making Meaning of Memories: The Life of Activist Sophonisba Breckinridge.” A schedule of the remaining lectures follows.

·         Feb. 23: “The Naked Truth: Shame in Animal Studies and Black Studies,” Benedicte Boisseron, associate professor, French language and literature


·         March 1: “Justice in Motion: The Evolution of a Complex Concept,” David Sherman, professor, philosophy


·         March 8: “Vietnam War: Literature & the Politics of Remembrance,” Quan Ha, associate professor, English


·         March 15: “Rehearsing for Reality: Building Empathy by Exploring Another,” Jillian Campana, professor, theater


·         March 22: “Making Sense of It All: Why the Humanities Matter More Than Ever,” panel discussion moderated by Ashby Kinch, professor, English


Tickets for the entire lecture series cost $20 for the public, $15 for UMAA dues-paying members and $10 for students. Tickets for individual lectures are $5 at the door. Purchase tickets online at or by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at 406-243-5211.

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