Culture is the Keyword

06 June 2018

FBK-IRVAPP is pleased to invite you to the following seminar:
​​“Culture is the Keyword”

With the participation of
Doris Sommer
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138

Doris Sommer, Director of the Cultural Agents Initiative at Harvard University, is Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies.  Her academic and outreach work promotes development through arts and humanities, specifically through “Pre-Texts” in Boston Public Schools, throughout Latin America and beyond. Pre-Texts is an arts-based training program for teachers of literacy, critical thinking, and citizenship. Among her books are Foundational Fictions: The National Romances of Latin America (1991) about novels that helped to consolidate new republics; Proceed with Caution when Engaged by Minority Literature (1999) on a rhetoric of particularism; Bilingual Aesthetics: A New Sentimental Education (2004); and The Work of Art in the World: Civic Agency and Public Humanities (2014).  Sommer has enjoyed and is dedicated to developing good public school education. She has a B.A. from New Jersey’s Douglass College for Women, and Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

Coordinator: Pierluigi Sacco | FBK-IRVAPP

A challenge for scholarship and for policy is that the word “Culture” has two, practically opposite meanings, as Raymond Williams discovered. For the social sciences, which generally prepare decision makers, it means patrimony, an inherited set of beliefs, practices, and objects.  For the arts and humanities, culture means a field for trial and error, innovation. The difference causes more than confusion; it costs us opportunities for human development in all fields. Bridging that gap, while honoring both sides, is a challenge worth taking.

Aula Grande
Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Via S. Croce, 77- Trento

6th June 2018
11.00 am – 1.00 pm

If you intend to participate, please confirm your participation to
[email protected]   by Friday 1 June 2018 for organizational purposes.

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