Institute for Humanities offers spring seminar
Maybe taste isn't arguable,
but it is discussable
The Institute for the Humanities (IH) is presenting a spring seminar, "Style
and Taste," on May 7-9 in the Rackham Building, 915 E. Washington.
The springtime retreat for exploring the humanities takes as its organizing
text the proverb De gustibus non est disputandum (there is no arguing
"Taste is a window into culture and personal idiom, raising for the
humanities the issue of respect for diversity on the one hand and standards
of excellence on the other," says IH director Daniel Herwitz, the Mary
Fair Croushore Professor, professor of history of art and of philosophy.
Noting that certain cultural styles and personal choices are difficult
to compare (for example Chinese vs. Texan tastes in landscape, Mexican
vs. Japanese tastes in food, eschewing elitism while also refusing to
accept the view that in life, "anything goes"), Herwitz says that taste
is "as vexing an issue for scholarship as it is ubiquitous in personal
and public life."
Faculty from several fields will lead discussions on taste in the Ancient
World, in China, on the home front of American cultures, in philosophy
and in theatrical performance. Seminar faculty include June Howard,
American Culture, English and women's studies; John Pedley, classical
studies; Martin J. Powers, art history and Chinese studies; Leigh Woods,
music, theater and drama; and Ted Cohen of the University of Chicago's
Space is limited. Fees for the weekend include meals, receptions, presentations
and advance materials. Reservations are $300 per person, until April
8; after that date, $350 per person.
To request a registration brochure or for more information, visit our
website at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/humin/events/outreach/;
send an email to email@example.com;
or call (734) 936-3518.