The Humanities Lab is a new research initiative in the College of Arts and Sciences at American University. Founded in 2014, the Humanities Lab aims to showcase the humanities at American University by supporting interdisciplinary and collaborative projects and scholarly activities among faculty, students, and the broader community.

Protest Culture in Egypt

Crisis Narratives

Each year the Humanities Lab undertakes an investigation of a specific question or topic. For the 2015-2016 academic year we are investigating narratives of crisis. Talks, lectures and workshops will focus on some of the most pressing issues we face today, from war, racism, police violence, nuclear waste, and the economy, to domestic violence, addiction, and the environment.
Join us for one event or for the whole series! All events are free and open to the public.

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Protest Culture in Egypt

Protest Culture in Egypt

How does poetry inform activism and political protest? Join us for a lecture on the literary heritage of “The Arab Spring” by Professor Elliott Colla (Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University).
A celebrated scholar of Arabic literature, translator, and novelist, Professor Colla is currently a William Bentinck-Smith Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard University. This engaging talk on political slogans in Egypt is part of his new book in progress, The People Wanted: Words, Movements, and Egyptian Revolution.

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Claudia Rankine visits AU

Claudia Rankine visits AU

Claudia Rankine will be at American University in November to discuss Citizen: An American Lyric, a cutting meditation on race and the crisis of citizenship in contemporary America. The book is the focus of the one-day Literature Colloquium, a day of discussion and exploration of her work on November 11, 2015. Claudia Rankine will read from her work on November 12, 2015 at the Katzen Center for the Arts. Don't miss it!

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