"The humanities will not go quietly. They won’t disappear unless and until we agree to be machines instead of persons."
So begins Michael Levenson's recent op-ed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch entitled "The Humanities Change Lives". Don't miss Levenson as he passionately questions the role of a humanities education in the digital world.
Michael Levenson is William B. Christian Professor of English at the University of Virginia and author of A Genealogy of Modernism (Cambridge University Press), Modernism and the Fate of Individuality (Cambridge University Press), The Spectacle of Intimacy (Princeton University Press, co-author Karen Chase), and the forthcoming Modernism from Yale University Press (2011). He is also the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Modernism (2000, 2nd edition 2011).
He has been awarded a series of grants and fellowships, including a Mellon Fellowship (2002-2005), a grant from theNational Endowment for the Humanities (1995), and Fulbright Senior Specialists Grant (2010 — ).
He has lectured at Oxford, Harvard, Yale, Chicago, York, Sussex, Warwick (among others) and has published essays in such journals as Modernism/ Modernity, ELH, The New Republic, Wilson Quarterly, and Raritan.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, Professor Levenson received his B.A. from Harvard College and Ph.D from Stanford University. His interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century transatlantic literatures, the Broadway Musical, the history of literary theory, and global comparative cultures.