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​​Celebrating the Humanities seeks to share our common ties and extend the collegiality of our academic community. Humanities is an area of study steeped by definition in life and history. As such its study extends beyond the Humanities Division; in some manner, each of us teaches and studies the Humanities.

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1. To Be Human is to be Potentially Obsolete

  • Tuesday, 2/20, 6:00-9:00 PM in Aliso 108
  • Leaders: Erin Delaney & Deanna Davis
  • Topic: Through a viewing and discussion of the film Ex Machina, we will consider these somewhat disturbing questions: What is a human (good) for?  Are human beings really the final product of evolution, or just another species destined to be surpassed by a superior species, possibly even artificial intelligence?

2. To Be Human is to Create

  • Thursday, 2/22, 11:00 AM-12:20 PM in Bonelli 13
  • Leaders: Mary Angelino & Ashley Granillo
  • Topic: Through a series of collaborative and multimodal activities, students will rediscover what it means to create and be a creator.

3. To Be Human is to be Queer

  • Wednesday, 2/28, 12:30-2:30 PM in Mentry 343
  • Leaders: Sarah Etheridge-Criswell & Chase Dimock
  • Collaboration between Anthropology and English
  • Topic: Dr Sarah Etheridge-Criswell will show an episode of "Through the Wormhole" and discuss the genetic evidence that there are, scientifically, more than two sexes, genders, and sexual orientations. Dr. Chase Dimock will discuss the cultural history of the LGBT community, focusing attention on how the way we define and express sexual and gender identity has evolved in the modern era.

4. To Be Human is to Choose your Children

  • Tuesday, 3/13, 6:30-9:00 PM in Hasley 204
  • Leaders: Marco Llaguno & Andrew Jones-Cathcart
  • Topic: Following a screening of the film Gattaca, there will be a discussion on some of the ethical questions surrounding genetic enhancement and the implications on the future of how humans have children.

5. To Be Human is to Play

  • Tuesday, 3/20, 12:30-1:50 PM in Bonelli 13
  • Leaders: Caitlin Newcomer, Jessica Small, & Tricia George
  • Topic: Play helps humans of all ages learn, grow, heal, and create. This session focuses on the value of play through an investigation of its historical, cultural, and creative dimensions.

6. To Be Human is to Question

  • Wednesday, 4/11, 2:00-3:15 PM in Hasley 235
  • Leaders: Marco Llaguno & Chris Blakey
  • Topic: Through a series of interactive dialogues and thought experiments, students will gain an awareness of the importance of questioning in an attempt to discover the truth regarding what really matters in the “post-truth era”.​