Doris Sommer will speak on her work in the area of arts, humanities, and social justice. Doris Sommer is the director of the Cultural Agents Initiative and a professor of
Doris Sommer will speak on her work in the area of arts, humanities, and social justice. Doris Sommer is the director of the Cultural Agents Initiative and a professor of Romance Languages and Literature at Harvard University. This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are not required but are appreciated. Co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute and the Blanton Museum of Art.
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The Blanton is located at the intersection of Congress Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
This event will take place in our auditorium, located across the plaza in our Smith building. Paid parking is available in the Brazos Garage on Brazos Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Parking is $4; bring your ticket with you to the event for payment and validation.
About the speaker:
Dr. Sommer’s 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, the theory behind which is discussed in her most recent book, The Work of Art in the World: Civic Agency and Public Humanities (2014). Her other books include Bilingual Aesthetics: A New Sentimental Education (2004), Proceed with Caution when Engaged by Minority Literature (1999) on a rhetoric of particularism, and Foundational Fictions: The National Romances of Latin America (1991) about novels that helped to consolidate new republics. 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.
(Wednesday) 7:00 pm