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The Humanities and Public Discourse, November 1, 2011

The dramatic changes to the public funding of higher education in the UK and elsewhere, with their implication that the humanities confer a mainly private benefit, raise serious challenges and questions for those charged with leadership of the humanities. Even where that implication, as in Hong Kong, has not yet had significant direct bearing on funding, the dangers of future differential funding formulae along the lines of those in the UK cannot be ignored.

The purpose of this symposium is to bring together humanities scholars of varying backgrounds to speak either of the humanities generally or from the point of view of their own discipline in response to the questioning of the value of the humanities.

Key Speakers:

Professor Kam Louie, President, Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities

Professor David Parker, Director of the Research Centre for Human Values

Professor Paisley Livingston, Chair Professor of Philosophy, Lingnan University

Professor Robert Gibbs, Director of the Jackman Institute for the Humanities, University of Toronto

Professor Anthony Cascardi, Dean of Arts and Humanities, UC Berkeley

Professor Martha P.Y. Cheung, Chair Professor of Translation, Hong Kong Baptist University

Professor Huang Chu-Ren, Dean of Humanities, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Professor Susan Manning, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh

Professor David Faure, Wei Lun Professor of History, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professor Richard Freadman, Professor of English, La Trobe University, Adjunct Professor, Lingnan University