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Nature & Culture in the Mirror of Knowledge

According to the "two cultures" thesis, the natural sciences and the humanities have, in the course of the 20th century, grown apart into fields of knowledge that do not understand each other anymore. In this lecture, Professor Hans-Jörg Rheinberger tries to destabilize the contours of this black-and-white thinking and present the history of disciplines as ever-changing – and dramatically so - formations. Contrasting respective positions of Ernst Cassirer, Karl Mannheim, Gaston Bachelard and Pierre Bourdieu, Professor Hans-Jörg Rheinberger will discuss concepts of nature and culture on the one hand, and formations of knowledge beyond disciplines on the other.

Kaplan Institute Fellows for 2016-2017

Assistant Professor Erica Weitzman was chosen to be a Kaplan Institute Fellow for next year. Professor Weitzman's project is called, "At the Limit of the Obscene: Realism, Aesthetics, Profanation". Congratulations!!

Forum for Languages and Culture

The Forum for Languages and Cultures in the Buffett Institute supports local and global initiatives that offer opportunities for students, faculty and staff to participate in language and culture-based activities gto expand the study of foreign languages and cultures beyond the classroom.