Humanities and the Search for Truth

Panel discussion with author Christopher S. Celenza, Hahrie Han, Mark Christian Thompson and William Egginton
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In this age of disinformation and political polarization, please join Christopher Celenza, Dean of the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, for a discussion of our collective search for truth, trust, and credibility in scholarship, education, and civic engagement.

Dean Celenza, author of the new book, The Italian Renaissance and the Origins of the Modern Humanities: An Intellectual History, 1400–1800, is joined by Hahrie Han, Inaugural Director of the SNF Agora Institute, and Mark Christian Thompson, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor and Professor of English. WiIliam Egginton, Director of the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute, will moderate the discussion.

About the author:

Professor Christopher S. Celenza is the James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. He is also a professor of history and classics.

He is the author or editor of 11 books and more than 40 scholarly articles in the fields of Italian Renaissance history, post-classical Latin literature and philosophy, and the history of classical scholarship. An Italian translation of his book The Lost Italian Renaissance was published in 2014. His most recent books include Petrarch: Everywhere a Wanderer (London: Reaktion, 2017) and The Intellectual World of the Italian Renaissance (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018). His latest book, The Italian Renaissance and the Origins of the Modern Humanities: An Intellectual History, 1400-1800 is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.



Headshot of Hahrie Han, Director of the SNF Agora InstituteHahrie Han is the Inaugural Director of the SNF Agora Institute, a Professor of Political Science, and Faculty Director of the P3 Research Lab at Johns Hopkins University. She studies American Politics and specializes in the study of civic and political participation, social movements, collective action, and organizing, particularly as it pertains to democratic revitalization.


Mark Christian Thompson is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor and Professor of English. His research and teaching concentrate in African American literature and philosophy, twentieth-century German philosophy, Kafka, the philosophy of race, and jazz studies.



William Egginton is the Decker Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute. His research and teaching focus on Spanish and Latin American literature, literary theory, and the relation between literature and philosophy.