The Bonn Lectures in the Public Humanities

The Bonn Lectures in the Public Humanities is a new series of talks aimed at Bonn students, scholars, and the larger community in and outside of the academy. Guests will reflect on the role of humanities outreach in their scholarly work, but will also talk about the practical aspects of writing and editing general interest essays and books and producing in other media. A substantial amount of time will be allowed for Q&A so as to ensure that questions are answered.

In the winter of 2022/2023, our speakers will be:

October 19, 2022: Anne Savarese (Princeton University Press), “Beyond the Monograph: Scholarly Publishing for a Broad Audience
November 29, 2022: Danielle Bainbridge (Northwestern), “Translating Your Research and Finding an Audience Online
January 19, 2023: Greg Kelly (CBC Radio), “Leading a (professional) life of the mind.

In the summer semester of 2021, the focus was on writing and editing for the general public. Our speakers were:

Costica Bradatan (Texas Tech), “Why We Fail and How.”
Carissa Harris (Temple), “Pleasure and Outrage: Approaching Public Scholarship as a Medievalist.”
Merve Emre (Oxford), “The Pernicious Fiction of ‘The Public Intellectual.'”