In support of his book, The Province of Affliction: Illness and the Making of Early New England (Chicago, 2020), Ben has given virtual public talks locally at Grass Roots Books and the Academy for Lifelong Learning and at archives that … Continue reading →
SHPR empowers our students and community members with the knowledge and skills to engage in broad public debate and enrich public discourse. We inspire the pursuit of evidence-based analysis, critical empathy, and an appreciation of the multiple perspectives, complexities, and contingencies in the world around us.
Knowledge of the past is vital to understanding the diversity, complexity, and challenges of today’s world. Our history program emphasizes analytical rigor, evolving interpretations, and engagement with multiple forms of evidence. Through critical thinking and expository writing, our students prepare for a future as engaged citizens who can construct reasoned arguments, evaluate global perspectives, and challenge simplistic explanations.
The Philosophy Program is committed to excellence in the teaching and study of philosophy as a discipline actively engaged in our world. We foster intellectual rigor, and the critical interpretive, analytical, and communicative skills necessary to support lives guided by ethical reflection and civic responsibility.
Religious Studies addresses the academic study of comparative religion with a focus on diversity as well as ethics, sexuality, and violence. Our students graduate with an understanding of the impact different religious traditions have made in the world and continue to make in the realms of politics, aesthetics, social structure, and culture.