addcalendar Download Event

Date & Time

Saturday, October 16, 2021
9:00 AM


Multiple Locations (see description)



More Information


Humanities Division


The University of Chicago Division of the Humanities returns with Humanities Day on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Join us in person or virtually as we celebrate this year’s hybrid event, commemorating the power of art, literature, philosophy, music, linguistics, and languages.

Each year Humanities Day presents the public with a snapshot of leading humanities research at the University of Chicago. Explore topics including Hannah Arendt and the Humanities, opera, environmental philosophy, queer medievalism, a newly discovered Iron Age kingdom and much more.

Art has always been associated with the creative imagination but also with constant destructive and reconstructive efforts. During the early 20th century in China, Buddhist sites were destroyed not as oppositional acts but “in the name of art.” While political and economic factors undoubtedly contributed to such events, was art historical scholarship itself also partially responsible for these tragedies? More important, how should today’s art historians and museum curators deal with this painful past? During this year’s Keynote Address, distinguished art historian Wu Hung will reflect on these artistic-destructive cycles and propose how the preservation of art should take precedence.

Free and open to the public. Full schedule and registration at: