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. A substantial amount of time will be allowed for Q&A so as to ensure that questions are answered.

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

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

The series is scheduled to return in the fall of 2022.