Dumbarton Oaks is thrilled to welcome Dean Christopher Celenza in the Humanities Talk Series. The series is presented in tandem with the Humanities Fellowships, a program in its second year designed to bridge the gap between college and career for Harvard graduates interested in the humanities. The guest speakers will discuss the practical aspects of how they built their professional lives, while also reflecting on the deep conceptual and philosophical wellsprings of why they do what they do. This year’s five distinguished speakers come from a wide range of careers that use humanistic skills, including publications, journalism, and archives.
Dr. Christopher Celenza is the Dean of Georgetown College at Georgetown University, where he also serves as a professor of history and classics. He was formerly the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Charles Homer Haskins Professor of Classics at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Celenza’s research and teaching interests include Italian Renaissance-era philosophy, Latin literature and paleography, and the history of books and reading practices.
In the spirit of the Humanities Talks, which combine insights into the vocations of distinguished scholars with practical advice on how to forge diverse career paths, Dr. Celenza will describe how he has merged his commitments to both research and administration to the benefit of both. He will share what drew him into an academic career, and what he considers as important or attractive pursuits for today’s early-career humanists.
When: Thursday, Feb. 8 - 10:30 pm
Friday, Feb. 9 12:00 am
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