Humanities Research Group

Philosophy of history subject of Thursday lecture

The 18th century philosopher Giambattista Vico developed a radical, modern conception of individuality, says the next lecturer in the Humanities Research Group’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

Giuseppe Mazzotta, Sterling Professor of Humanities for Italian at Yale University, will deliver his free public lecture “The Representation of the Self in Vico’s Autobiography” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the Freed Orman Centre, Assumption University.

John Stuart Mill’s theory of argumentation subject of lecture Wednesday

John Stuart Mill is best known nowadays for his moral and political philosophy, but in a free public presentation Wednesday, philosophy professor Hans V. Hansen will show how some of his key scientific and political writings also contain the elements of a theory of argumentation.

“By studying his practice in some of his most celebrated works—Utilitarianism, The Subjection of Women, and On Liberty—we can observe whether Mill in fact adhered to his own standards of argumentation,” Dr. Hansen says.

Lecture to trace Tecumseh’s quest to secure native homeland

A free public event Wednesday, November 7, will discuss the efforts of native leader Tecumseh to secure a place for First Nations during the Anglo-American conflict leading to the War of 1812.

The Humanities Research Group presents “Tecumseh and the Quest for a Native Homeland,” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, in Alumni Hall’s McPherson Lounge.

Historian Sandy Antal’s presentation will

Seminar to discuss community role of artists

The campus community is invited to Gina Reichert and Mitch Cope of Detroit’s Power House Productions for a seminar entitled “In the Neighbourhood” at 10 a.m. Friday, October 19, in room 130, Assumption University.

The principals of the Design 99 studio will lead a discussion on the role and responsibility of artists and designers in the community.

The event is part of the Distinguished Speakers Series of the Humanities Research Group, which will sponsor a reception to follow.

Artists to discuss role of culture in neighbourhood stabilization

Detroiters Gina Reichert and Mitch Cope have spent six years investigating new models of contemporary art and architectural practice. Their design studio situated itself in the public realm offering over-the-counter consultations and marketed $99 house call specials.

The team will discuss their work as visual artists with their Design 99 studio and as faciliators and collaborators with Power House Productions in a free public presentation “Too Much of a Good Thing,” Thursday, October 18, at 7 p.m. in Assumption University’s Freed-Orman Centre.