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Professor Gumbrecht:photo


Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
Albert Guérard Professor of Literature
Department of Comparative Literature and of French and Italian
Director, Stanford Presidential Lectures and Symposia in the Humanities and Arts


THE FUTURE OF THE HUMANITIES AND ARTS
IN HIGHER EDUCATION:
Question 3

Question posted on April 6, 1999.

Traditionally, the humanities have been seen as a cluster of academic disciplines whose task it is to analyze and to teach what we call (quite vaguely) "Culture." But does or should this concept of "Culture" include the humanities themselves?

If so, do the humanitites occupy the same level of canonization and dignification as do the objects that they analyze and teach?

Finally, would you be willing to define an academic lecture as a "Cultural Event" in its own right?


Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht






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