Humanities Week returned from Oct. 22 to 27 with free online and in-person events around Virginia Tech’s campus.
The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences hosted the second-ever Humanities Week with 23 events. Some of the events included theatrical installations, lectures, presentations, workshops and games, according to Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
An event held daily during the week at the Moss Arts Center included “’Poe’s Shadows’ An Immersive Theatrical Installation.” The theatrical installation displayed reimagined performances of Edgar Allen Poe’s works “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” The project utilized a spatial audio installation and 180-degree video projection to immerse attendees.
The Lyric Theatre in downtown Blacksburg hosted a lecture, Q&A and book signing for Steve Inskeep, the host of NPR’s radio show “Morning Edition” and podcast “Up First.” Inskeep’s lecture focused on his newest book, “Differ We Must.” The lecture explored stories about Abraham Lincoln from the book and his ability to mediate, discuss and bridge divides between people that opposed him. The Q&A session after the lecture gave an opportunity for audience members to ask Inskeep questions. The event ended with book signings.
“I think he (Inskeep) left me with a lot of really interesting perspectives,” said Madison Kuriger, a cadet and a sophomore majoring in national security and foreign affairs and Arabic. “I think that I should ask more people questions and get to know them in my daily life. When talking to people that have ideas that are different than me, he inspired me to be more respectful in listening to them.”
Squires Student Center hosted keynote speaker George Chochos and his address was live streamed on YouTube and open to the public inside the Haymarket Theatre. The keynote address titled, “From Jail to Yale: Education is Humanization in the Carceral Context and Beyond,” detailed Chochos’s time in prison, his emphasis on prison education initiatives and a campaign that restored Federal Pell Grant access for all people in prisons.
With notable lectures and opportunities, Virginia Tech Humanities Week served to highlight the importance of humanities in exploring and solving global issues.