Thomas Heffernan News

Humanities Center Announces New Class of Fellows

The UT Humanities Center has announced its third class of fellows for fall 2014. The faculty and graduate student fellowship recipients will be afforded a full year in the Humanities Center to pursue their respective research projects. “The humanities are crucial to our development as thoughtful citizens capable of thinking critically in an ever increasingly complex world. Our knowledge of our historical traditions is an indispensable guide to an enlightened future,” said Thomas Heffernan, director of the Humanities Center.

Prominent Scholar Martha Nussbaum to Speak at Humanities Lecture Series

Noted scholar and philosopher Martha Nussbaum will talk about religious intolerance at the UT Humanities Center lecture on Monday, September 16. Nussbaum, the Ernest Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, will present “The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear.” Her talk will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom, followed by a brief reception.

Humanities Center Welcomes Prominent Scholars for Lecture Series

Religious intolerance. Chinese history. Slave emancipation. These are among the topics that will be addressed by prominent scholars in the second annual lecture series presented by the UT Humanities Center. The series kicks off Monday, September 9, with Philippe Buc, a history professor at the University of Vienna, whose lecture is entitled “The Sacred and the Secular: Conflict and the Creation of a Moral World.” His talk will begin at 5:00 p.m. in Hodges Library’s Lindsay Young Auditorium.