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Sept. 16: Discovering the Humanities Conference

FREDERICK, Maryland—The “Discovering the Humanities” conference at Hood College on Sept. 16 will provide undergraduate and graduate students a venue where they can gain valuable experience presenting their scholarship and advocate for the value of an education in the humanities.

The conference will take place in the Whitaker Campus Center from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and 19 students will present their studies during the day.

The keynote speaker, Bethany Wiggin, Ph.D., will discuss the importance of the humanities in higher education at 1 p.m. Her interests lie in the intersections between the early modern period and contemporary theoretical concerns, including global and transnational literature, translation and multilingualism, and the environmental humanities. She is the founding director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities, now in its third year, an initiative of the Dean’s Office of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Green Campus Partnership.

Sponsored by the Hood College Humanities Council and Hood’s master’s program in humanities, the conference is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Aaron Angello at or visit This conference in funded in part by a National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant.