David Bearinger, director of the grants program at VFH, will be featured in a panel discussion “Can 21st Century America Bear the Humanities?” as part of the 2017 Virginia Humanities Conference.
The conference brings together individuals with an interest in the Humanities and a desire to participate in a scholarly exchange of ideas in a very broad, interdisciplinary context. Each year, a new theme for conference is chosen by VHC’s rising president. VHC 2017 examines unberableness: how and what kinds of knowledge the humanities produce that existing structures cannot bear; how and why approaches to this unbearableness that are grounded in the humanities are met with resistance; and, finally, how those in the humanities value, make use of, and respond to contemporary, and sometimes unbearable, issues.
The conference, held between April 7, and April 8, will feature a diverse array of panel sessions for attendees. The conference itself requires payment and advance registration but this panel and another titled “Pressures of the Unbearable” are free and open to the public.