Azar Nafisi (author of READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN) at the University of Toronto – Come Join Us!

Global Humanities Poster

On April 29, 5-7 pm, renowned author, Azar Nafisi of Reading Lolita in Tehran will partake in an open public discussion on “Global Humanities for the 21st Century”. This is a follow-up to our community’s concerns about the state of the Humanities and the rise of corporatization at the University of Toronto.

Azar Nafisi: Global Humanities for the 21st Century:
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Place:  Northrop Frye Hall, Room 003
Victoria College, University of Toronto. Toronto M5S 1K7


Looking beyond the crisis that was inaugurated in the summer of 2010 with the release of the Faculty of Arts and Science Academic Plan 2010-2015, this discussion with Azar Nafisi seeks to explore various ways of reinvigorating the humanities at the University of Toronto and beyond. Instead of disestablishing the language and literature departments in the name of financial expediency, the participants on this panel explore a global vision of the humanities in which area studies and language and literature departments provide the core competency for educating culturally literate citizens of an expanding global public sphere.

Presented by the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, the Department of History, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, the Centre for Comparative Literature, the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, the Canada Research Chair in Modern German History, and the University of Toronto Faculty Association.

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