LaToya Ruby Frazier believes life is not to be "belittled or squandered"— both one's own life and the lives of others. The first work of Frazier's I encountered was "The Notion of Family," I felt this commitment then (the same is true for her body of work at large), as I did again with intense and moving clarity when I was lucky enough to attend her talk organized by the Tanner Humanities Center. I invoke the word luck because it is not every day that you meet an artist who means and owns all her utterances, imbued with both intention and care.
Lance Olsen, Professor Emeritus of English, discusses his novel, “Always Crashing in the Same Car,” a fictional exploration of David Bowie’s consciousness and interactions in his final months battling liver cancer.
David Wallace-Wells is not a writer known for his optimism; his book, after all, is called, “The Uninhabitable Earth.” He is known for a bluntness sometimes read as alarmist, a direct engagement with the definite and potential harms climate change will impose that often feels pessimistic, almost antagonistic, if not towards us as readers than at least towards our shared wishful delusions about climate change as it is and will be.
Avery Holton, professor of communication, discusses two of his upcoming books examining journalist burn-out and well-being titled, “The Paradox of Connection: How Digital Media Is Transforming Journalistic Labor” and “Fostering a Culture of Well-Being in Journalism.”
Nov. 29, 2023 – During the1852 Utah legislative session, a passionate debate ensued over voting rights for Black men. Legislator and Latter-day Saint apostle Orson Pratt argued that Black men should be allowed to vote, while territorial governor and Latter-day Saint president Brigham Young strongly disagreed.
Jake Nelson, assistant professor of communication, discusses his book, “Imagined Audiences: How Journalists Perceive and Pursue the Public,” that examines the role that audiences have traditionally played in journalism, how that role has changed and what those changes mean for both the profession and the public.
On Oct. 18, 2023, the College of Humanities held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new Student Success Hub inside the Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities building and recognize the generous donors whose support and partnership brought the vision to life. The event was vibrant, featuring live classical guitar music, student-guided tours led by humanities student ambassadors, and light refreshments. Donors had the chance to explore the new space, interact with students and career success coaches, and witness the impact of their support
At the U, we know studying the Humanities gives students the edge to excel in any
field. Learning a second language, being able to write and speak in a compelling way,
understanding history, thinking critically and creatively, crafting precise arguments,
connecting local issues to a global context – it’s all humanities! The College of
Humanities at the University of Utah provides our students with critical skills that
prepare them to succeed personally and economically in our increasingly complex and
Students embarking on graduate studies in the Humanities at the U engage in rigorous
research, critical analysis, and intellectual exploration, honing their skills in
interpretations, communication and critical thinking. Our graduate programs not only
equip scholars with advanced knowledge but also cultivate empathy, cultural sensitivity,
and an ability to navigate complex ethical and social issues, making them invaluable
contributors to society as educators, researchers, writers and cultural critics.