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The Humanities Dialogue


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

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. 

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

The Kaplan Humanities Institute will partner with Northwestern departments and programs in our year-long series of conversations around the theme of ENERGIES.

The goal of this Dialogue is to build a multi-layered conversation showcasing ways that different humanities- and art-related approaches shape the debate around a timely subject. We seek to support scholars, artists, public intellectuals, and activists from a variety of disciplines, geographical areas of focus, and historical periods. The ENERGIES Dialogue will include:

Partnership Opportunities

Event co-sponsorship

Kaplan will offer 6-8 event co-sponsorships for distinguished scholars and artists.

For co-sponsorship consideration please visit the ENERGIES Co-sponsorship page for instructions on submitting your proposal.

Kaplan will accept co-sponsorship proposals through Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

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.

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