UM Lecture Series to Explore Answers From the Humanities

February 04, 2016

MISSOULA – Six University of Montana faculty members will explore a wide array of topics related to the humanities – and why they’re still relevant today – during the UM Alumni Association’s 2016 Community Lecture Series, “Making Sense of Ourselves: Answers from the Humanities.”

Lectures will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday, Feb. 16-March 22, in the University Center Theater. Each event will include a Q-and-A session.

UM history Professor Anya Jabour will launch the series Feb. 16 with “Making Meaning of Memories: The Life of Activist Sophonisba Breckinridge.” A schedule of the remaining lectures follows.

  • Feb. 23: “The Naked Truth: Shame in Animal Studies and Black Studies,” Benedicte Boisseron, associate professor, French language and literature
  • March 1: “Justice in Motion: The Evolution of a Complex Concept,” David Sherman, professor, philosophy
  • March 8: “Vietnam War: Literature & the Politics of Remembrance,” Quan Ha, associate professor, English
  • March 15: “Rehearsing for Reality: Building Empathy by Exploring Another,” Jillian Campana, professor, theater
  • March 22: “Making Sense of It All: Why the Humanities Matter More Than Ever,” panel discussion moderated by Ashby Kinch, professor, English

Tickets for the entire lecture series cost $20 for the public, $15 for UMAA dues-paying members and $10 for students. Tickets for individual lectures are $5 at the door. Purchase tickets online at or by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at 406-243-5211.


Contact: Angela Weisenburger, on-campus events coordinator, UM Alumni Association, 406-243-6439,; Linda Gillison, UM professor and lecture series facilitator, 406-243-2719,