“The humanities aren’t the entirety
of the liberal arts, but they’re certainly
a core component and something we
need to make sure do not disappear,”
says Professor James Mark Shields,
comparative humanities and Asian
thought, the center’s inaugural director.
Ann Tlusty, associate dean of
faculty for the College of Arts &
Sciences and an early advocate for
creating a Humanities Center, agrees.
“We’re about supporting the mission
and the ideas of the entire campus
from the point of view that you can’t
do all these other things if you leave
humanity out of it.”
The center is the result of two years
of informal discussion that eventually
brought together representatives
from each of Bucknell’s 10 humanities
departments, Library & Information
Technology and Bucknell University
Press to form a Humanities Council.
President John Bravman and the
Board of Trustees approved a proposal
for a dedicated space for the center
last fall, with a launch date of July 1.
Demosthenian Hall, once home to Delta
Upsilon fraternity, will be refurbished
by early 2018 and reopened as the
physical locus of the center’s activities.
According to Shields and Tlusty,
the center has several key aims:
• To support humanities faculty in
their teaching and research, including
• To give humanities students a place
Obama illuminate why a group of
humanities faculty has been working
to strengthen and reaffirm the critical
role of the liberal arts at Bucknell. The
work has resulted this month in the
launch of a new Humanities Center
committed to spotlighting the continued
importance of the humanities on
campus and beyond.
The arts and humanities define who we are as a people. That is their power — to remind us of what we each have to o�er, and what we all have in common.”
The Humanist Factor
A new Humanities Center celebrates the ideals at the heart of a liberal arts education.
By Karen M. Jones
Comparative Humanities students, from
left, Tong Tong ’ 17 and Elaine Lac ’ 16
chat with Professor James Mark Shields.