The Future of the Humanities Project

The Future of the Humanities Project

The Future of the Humanities Project at Georgetown University brings together scholars across disciplines to discuss critical issues at the intersection of the humanities and public life.

The project is a collaboration between the Georgetown University Humanities Initiative and the Las Casas Institute, Blackfriars Hall, at the University of Oxford.

The project was launched with a November 2018 conference at Oxford University on “The Future of the Humanities,” featuring a keynote address by Dr. Terry Eagleton, and has since sponsored more than a dozen events in Oxford, London, and Washington, DC.

The project is led by Professor Michael Scott, senior advisor to the president of Georgetown University, a leading Shakespeare scholar, and a fellow at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. Kathryn Temple, professor of English at Georgetown and founding director of the Master's Program in Engaged & Public Humanities, is a senior fellow with the project.

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Shakespeare Statue

Scriptural Influence on Shakespeare

Playwright William Shakespeare alludes to the Bible many times across his work, but how might we appreciate his use of it? It is perhaps surprising that the character who quotes from the Bible most often is the comic Sir John Falstaff. In a discussion with Michael Scott, Paul Edmondson will


Bible on a table

The Christian Literary Imagination

Over the course of the 2020-2021 academic year, the Future of the Humanities Project is sponsoring a series of webinars on the Christian literary imagination in collaboration with Campion Hall and Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. The…


Consolation for Catholics in Michael Drayton's Early Poems (Video)

February 9, 2021

Duration: 58 minutes

Transformative Conversation: Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Literary Imagination (Video)

January 26, 2021

Duration: 58 minutes

Dramatizing Atheism in Cyril Tourneur's “The Atheist's Tragedy” (Video)

December 8, 2020

Duration: 1 hour 0 minutes