The faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences met in early 2014 for a Humanities Retreat, an opportunity to discuss the role of the Humanities at American University and in the community. One of the needs identified during the retreat was for a central organization within CAS that would coordinate projects among departments, offer opportunities for interdisciplinary and collaborative work, support research initiatives for faculty and students, and enhance and showcase the work we do in the humanities.
With the support of Dean of CAS Peter Starr, this organizational umbrella is now formed as the Humanities Lab. As a research initiative in CAS, the Humanities Lab aims to help us connect with each other, provide creative support for projects, and highlight the research contributions of our faculty and students for the AU community and beyond.
The Humanities Lab will showcase and enhance the work of the humanities at American University and foster collaborations between schools and departments, through public lectures and symposia, community projects and outreach, faculty research seminars and working groups, online resources and events, new curricular initiatives, collaborative projects and publications, and support for graduate and undergraduate student research projects.
Energy | 2016-2017
In this series of linked lectures, readings, workshops, and discussions we will focus on the concept of energy. We will explore major contemporary approaches to energy use, the environmental impact of energy, and our changing approaches to energy needs, conservation, and design. We will also hear from researchers in emerging fields such as Energy Humanities, who approach the critical questions of our relationship to materials, fuels, and resources as informed not just by science or policy but also by human cultures, traditions, and philosophies. In their interdisciplinary, critical, and historical perspectives about energy forms we discover the role the humanities and social sciences can play in informing policy and public awareness of our energy uses. Read more