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 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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Democracy Endangered: The Case of the United Kingdom

On January 31, 2020, the United Kingdom withdrew from the European Union. Nearly three-and-a-half-years later, many feel that “Brexit” has not worked out as its proponents had hoped. Amid arising political polarization, educators and unionists are on strike, the National Health Service remains in…


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The Christian Literary Imagination

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


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May 16, 2023

Duration: 1 hour 2 minutes

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May 9, 2023

Duration: 1 hour 1 minutes

World Press Freedom Day: An Empty Celebration? (Video)

May 3, 2023

Duration: 1 hour 21 minutes