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Jan. 27-31: Humanities Week looks at scholarship, influence

humanities-week-220PULLMAN, Wash. – Three free, public presentations will highlight Humanities Week presented by the Washington State University Humanities Planning Group.

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* “Is a Little Pollution Good for You? How the Humanities Can Contribute to Science and Policy,” by Kevin Elliott, Michigan State University, 4:10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, Biotech/Life Sciences 402, with reception to follow. Co-sponsored by the WSU Center for Reproductive Biology.

* “Four Glimpses of Scholarship in the Humanities: A Roundtable,” moderated by Jennifer Thigpen, history, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, Honors Hall Lounge, with reception to follow.

Panelists and topics include: Victor Villaneuva, English, “The Language of Columbus’ First Indians;” Michael Myers, politics, philosophy and public affairs, “Empathy and Religious Diversity;” Linda Heidenreich, critical culture, gender and race studies, “The Mestiz@ as witch: the third sex in 19th century greater Mexico;” Christopher Lupke, foreign languages and cultures, “History and the New Human in Contemporary Chinese Poetry.”

* “Cosmopolitan Humanities,” Srinivas Aravamudan, Duke University, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, Fine Arts Auditorium, with reception to follow. Co-sponsored by the Museum of Art at WSU.

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