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October 3, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Undergraduate Library, David Adamany Bernath Auditorium | Map
5155 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: none
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

Working in public, and with the public, can enable scholars to build vital, sustainable research communities, both within their fields, with other scholars in different fields, and with folks off-campus who care about the kinds of work that we do. By finding ways to connect with readers and writers beyond our usual circles of experts, in a range of different registers, and in ways that move beyond enabling them to listen to us to instead allow for meaningful response, we can create the possibilities for far more substantial public participation in and engagement with the humanities, and with the academy more broadly. We can build programs and networks and platforms that do not just bring the university to the world, but that also involve the world in the university. A copy of Fitzpatrick’s book, "Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University," will be offered as a door prize at the lecture.


October 3 | 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. | 150 Purdy Library (In the Teaching Commons)

Humanities Commons workshop


Following her talk, Dr. Fitzpatrick will provide an overview and brief hands-on workshop of the open scholarly platform, Humanities Commons, that she directs. Humanities Commons is a trusted, nonprofit, digital network where  scholars can create a professional profile, discuss common interests, develop new publications, and share their work. The Humanities Commons network is open to anyone and is administered jointly by the Modern Language Association and Michigan State University.

For more information about this event, please contact Jill Wurm at 3135774149 or