Reading New Books in the Humanities by Penn State Faculty

Scott Burnett, Christopher Heaney

Scott Burnett, African Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Christopher Heaney, History

This seminar series invites faculty from across the university to share their latest published monographs in the humanities with colleagues and members of the community in order to foster conversations across programs and departments. We will invite 6 authors from across the College and University to share new books each year, and to provide copies of their book to members of the group to read in advance of the discussion. This format would allow for a more conversational tone and provide an opportunity to go into greater depth into the research. Authors will select an expert respondent to kick off the discussion.

Our hope is that by highlighting the work particularly of early and mid-career faculty, we can forge new connections and inspire collaborations across divisions, both by raising awareness about their latest research and providing a forum for dialogue that goes beyond conventional book presentations.

We plan to meet in the Humanities Institute boardroom from 16:00-17:30 one Wednesday afternoon per month.


Seminar events that have been planned so far:

  • October 11 – Yael Warshel: “Experiencing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Children, Peace Communication and Socialization” (Cambridge University Press, 2021)
  • October 18– Scott Burnett: “White Belongings: Race, Land, and Property in Post-Apartheid South Africa” (Lexington Books, 2022)
  • November 29 – Chris Heaney: “Empires of the Dead: Inca Mummies and the Peruvian Ancestors of American Anthropology” (Oxford University Press, 2023)

Three similar events are planned for February, March and April 2024