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The Humanities Dialogue


A year-long conversation about energies—personal, collective, planetary—from different humanistic perspectives 

climate change  *  resources  *  infrastructure  *  financial acceleration  *  mining  *  waste  *  healing  *
 ritual  *  grief  *  repair  *  renewal  *  laboring  *  movement  *  rupture  *  depletion  *  creation 

We live in a time of energy dilemmas. Personal energies feel depleted in the wake of the pandemic, collective energies seem necessary in this political moment, and climate change demands new approaches to energy resources. The Kaplan ENERGIES Dialogue brings to the fore key humanistic concerns with ethics, imagination, power, and contingency to understand these energy dilemmas, including their roots and past resonances. The Dialogue also seeks to highlight and explore more energetically sustainable modes of worldmaking. 

Please join us for this year-long conversation! Visit the ENERGIES Events page to view event descriptions and speaker bios.

The ENERGIES Dialogue will include:

Related curriculum

Are you teaching a course related to the ENERGIES theme in 2022-2023? Kaplan will promote it in connection with the Dialogue series. Please send the course title and quarter it will be offered to Jill Mannor:

Course enhancement grants

Enrich the content of your ENERGIES-related course with funds to cover performances, field trips, or guest lecturer honoraria (within university guidelines). Full details on the request form here  (please download this form to your desktop to fill out/send).

Submit your completed form to Jill Mannor:
Kaplan will award course enhancement grant requests on a rolling basis throughout the academic year.

About the Humanities Dialogue

Each year, the Kaplan Humanities Institute presents the Humanities Dialogue to build a multi-layered conversation showcasing ways that different humanities- and art-related approaches shape the debate around a timely subject. We partner with Northwestern units to support and present scholars, artists, public intellectuals, and activists from a variety of disciplines, geographical areas of focus, and historical periods to engage the year-long series. Click here to view past Humanities Dialogue events.