When James T. Spencer, director of the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble (SUBE), turned to accept the applause at the 2018 Great American Brass Band Festival (GABBF) in Danville, Kentucky, he joked to himself, “Now what do we do for an…
Advancing Discovery: Faculty Research in the Humanities—Part IV
“Democratization” and “internationalization” are not just fancy buzzwords; they are the stuff of a new breed of humanists, committed to making knowledge more open, inclusive and democratic. At Syracuse, this quest plays out daily on multiple stages—from Syracuse Symposium to the Democratizing Knowledge Project to departments and programs across campus. The result? “A newfound respect for experiential knowledges and subjugated histories,” says Linda Carty, associate professor of African American studies.
“Democratizing Knowledge” is the fourth and final installment in a series about faculty research in the humanities. The article examines ways in which humanists bridge theory and practice, while cultivating a greater appreciation and empathy for humanity. “Even if we cannot agree on what they are,” says Gerald Greenberg, senior associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, “the humanities are critical to our survival.”