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Noted scholar Michael Bérubé to speak at Laurier about "The Value — and the Values — of the Humanities"

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Mar 19/13| For Immediate Release


Jennifer Esmail, Assistant Professor
Department of English and Film Studies
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Eleanor Ty, Professor
Department of English and Film Studies
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Distinguished scholar Michael Bérubé, an expert in contemporary literature and cultural studies, will visit Wilfrid Laurier University March 21 to deliver a public lecture titled “The Value — and the Values — of the Humanities.”

Bérubé is a professor of literature and director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University. He has written several books on cultural studies, disability rights and liberal politics, including The Left at War, What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts? Classroom Politics and “Bias” in Higher Education, and Life as We Know It: A Father, A Family and An Exceptional Child.

Bérubé has been an important advocate for humanities study, while also participating at the forefront of debates about the need for change in graduate education. He was the 2012 president of the Modern Language Association and frequently writes in both public and academic forums about pressing debates in higher education.

Laurier’s Department of English and Film Studies is presenting Bérubé’s lecture with the support of the Council for the Intellectual and Cultural Development of the Arts (CICDA). The event will start at 1 p.m. in the Paul Martin Centre on Laurier’s Waterloo campus.


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