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Speaking for the Humanities

On September 19-20, 2013, the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities celebrated its 25th Anniversary.  One highlight of the event was the premiere of a documentary film, "Speaking for the Humanities."  The film highlights the role of the Warren Center in fostering interdisciplinary scholarship and also discusses the contributions to the humanities made by Robert Penn Warren himself.

"Speaking for the Humanities" was directed and edited by Rosevelt Noble of Vanderbilt's Department of Sociology and was produced by Mona Frederick, Executive Director of the Warren Center.


The 25th anniversary event also included four interdisciplinary panel sessions.  Panelists (all of whom are former William S. Vaughn Visiting Fellows at the Warren Center) each spoke for ten minutes regarding the way humanistic discourse has changed over the past 25 years in the area of the panel's theme.  

Panel I: Gender, Sexuality, and Race
Moderator Charles E. Scott, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus; Director of the Warren Center, 1987-1993
Jean Feerick, English, John Carroll University; Warren Center Fellow, 2005-2006
Gilbert Herdt, Sexuality Studies, San Francisco State University; Warren Center Fellow 1997-1998
Richard King, History, University of Nottingham; Warren Center Fellow 2001-2002
Benita Roth, Sociology, Binghamton University; Warren Center Fellow 2004-2005



Panel II: Theory and Culture
Moderator Edward H. Friedman, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Spanish and Professor of Comparative Literature; Director of the Warren Center, 2008-present
Susan Hegeman, English, University of Florida;, Warren Center Fellow 1996-1997
Anne Morey, English, Texas A&M University, Warren Center Fellow 2010-2011
Arkady Plotnitsky, English, Purdue University; Warren Center Fellow, 1994-1995
Maurice Stevens, Ohio State University, Comparative Studies; Warren Center Fellow 2008-2009



Panel III: Media and Technology
Moderator Helmut W. Smith, Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of History and Professor of European Studies; Director of the Warren Center, 2005-2008

Cara Finnegan, Communication Studies, University of Illinois; Warren Center Fellow 2006-2007
Richard Grusin, English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Warren Center Fellow 1999-2000
Steve Rachman, English, Michigan State University; Warren Center Fellow 2003-2004



Panel IV: Globalization and Diaspora
Moderator Paul Freedman, Chester D. Tripp Professor of History, Yale University; Director of the Warren Center 1993-1997
Deborah Cohn, Spanish, Indiana University; Warren Center Fellow 2000-2001
Nihad Farooq, English, Georgia Tech University; Warren Center Fellow 2013-2013
Sharryn Kasmir, Anthropology, Hofstra University; Warren Center Fellow 1998-1999
Jemima Pierre, African American and Diaspora Studies, Vanderbilt University; Warren Center Fellow 2009-2010