Higgins School of Humanities


In addition to its support for faculty and undergraduate research, the Higgins School of Humanities sponsors public events during the academic year, some of which are available for viewing via our video archive.

Eugene Jarecki Spring 2007

The Difficult Dialogues Symposium Series

Each semester since the Spring of 2007, Difficult Dialogues has held a series of public events which address difficult concerns through the skills of dialogue. Topics have included Race in the Era of Obama, Old Forms Give Way/Visioning the New, Considering Gender, Slowing in a Wired World, and Who Cares? Religion and Compassion among others. By using the tools and practices of dialogue, the series engages both the Clark and the Worcester community in ways that aim to be both honest and meaningful, at times when the issues are personal and often difficult.

Current symposium event information »

Tonya Lewis Lee

African-American Intellectual Culture Series

These lectures bring experts on contemporary African American literature, history, theory, and culture to campus each year to share their research and theoretical perspectives with the Clark community. In the ten years this series has been running, illustrious leaders of the black community, such as Lee Baker of Columbia University, the renowned poet Derek Walcott, Anita Allen of the Georgetown Law Center, Deborah E. McDowell of the University of Virginia, and Tonya Lewis Lee (at left) have visited Clark and met with its students.

Unkept Women - Nina Kushner 2.11.08

The Faculty Lecture Series

Members of the Clark humanities faculty present public lectures on the research that has been funded by the Higgins School.

Unkept Women - Nina Kushner 2.11.08

Frontiers in the Humanities Series

We are pleased to inaugurate a new series of talks with the visit of Caroline Bruzelius of Duke University, who is doing groundbreaking work in digital humanities in her teaching and research on medieval architecture.

Modern Poetry Series

This new series was inaugurated in 2003 with a public reading and student workshop by poet Edward Hirsch. Other speakers have included, Robert Cording – James N. and Sara O'Reilly Barrett Chair of Creative Writing at The College of the Holy Cross, and author of four volumes of poetry.