Launch of Humanitas Visiting Professorships in Cambridge
A new programme of visiting Professorships which will give members of the public and researchers alike the chance to hear from leading figures in the arts, humanities and social sciences has been launched.
Humanitas is a series of Visiting Professorships at both Cambridge and Oxford intended to bring leading practitioners and scholars to both universities to address major themes in the arts, social sciences and humanities.
Created by Lord Weidenfeld, the Programme is managed and funded by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue with the support of a series of generous benefactors, and co-ordinated by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) in Cambridge.
The aim is to stimulate fresh thinking and new partnerships in the subject areas concerned. The visiting Professors will represent a wide range of subjects, in each case looking at their chosen specialism from an interdisciplinary perspective. Many of the lectures and other events will be open to the public as well as researchers around the University.
The Humanitas programme began on Monday 11 October with the first lecture in a series of visiting Professorships in Media, which has been generously funded by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. The inaugural lecture was given by Dr Mathias Döpfner (pictured); CEO of the European multimedia company Axel Springer AG, whose lectures and concluding symposium will examine transformations in the media and the challenges of the digital age
CRASSH Director Professor Mary Jacobus said: "This imaginatively conceived scheme of Visiting Professorships will enrich the humanities at Cambridge with leading voices from interdisciplinary fields, including, in the first year, media, chamber music, war studies and women's rights."
"Members of the Cambridge University community and the general public will have the opportunity to attend pioneering lectures and performances that engage a wide range of people, practitioners and ideas."
Added: 13 October 2010