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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A medieval castle in the United Kingdom

The Inescapable Lure of the Medieval

In this lecture, Dr. Clare Broome Saunders explored the variety of ways in which writers, artists, and commentators—radical and reactionary alike—use aspects of medieval literature and culture to express their views on the major questions and conflicts that challenged Europe in the nineteenth…


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…


Afghanistan under the Taliban (Again) (Video)

August 16, 2023

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Nature Abhors a Vacuum (Video)

May 16, 2023

Duration: 1 hour 2 minutes

“Gotta be goin’ on”: The Mythic Vision of the American Land (Video)

May 9, 2023

Duration: 1 hour 1 minutes