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, 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 Future of the Humanities 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.

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The Globe Theater

Cultural Encounters 1601: “Hamlet” and “Twelfth Night”

The nature of plays means that they are fluid, being different every time someone engages a written script. Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Twelfth Night are generally regarded to have been first performed in 1601. Both plays—one a tragedy, one a comedy—exhibit cultural encounters surrounding death. They…


Bible on a table

The Christian Literary Imagination

Over the course of the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years, the Future of the Humanities Project sponsored a series of webinars on the Christian literary imagination in collaboration with Campion Hall, Oxford, and Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. The…


Can We Separate the Art from the Artist? (Video)

April 17, 2024

Duration: 1 hour 14 minutes

The Political Misuse of Language (Video)

March 13, 2024

Duration: 1 hour 12 minutes

Cultural Encounters of Otherness through Shakespeare (Video)

February 26, 2024

Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes