Humanities at ESN This Fall: What Do You Want to See?

question mark photoDear ESN blog readers,

We’re so glad you’re here, and we’re interested in connecting more with you. One way we want to do that is gathering reader suggestions for our content in various areas this fall. Today, we’d love to hear your thoughts on our fall humanities coverage. Here are a few things we’re considering:

  1. Humanities-oriented reflections at least once a month in our Scholar’s Compass devotional for academics
  2. Interviews with ESN members in the humanities about once a month
  3. More humanities-oriented book reviews
  4. In depth think pieces on what it means to be a Christian scholar in the humanities

Use the comments section or email us to tell us what you’re most interested in, or suggest other ideas we haven’t thought of yet. We want to hear from you!

Hannah Eagleson

ESN Blog Writer/Editor

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Hannah Eagleson

Hannah Eagleson is Interim Associate Director of InterVarsity’s Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). She launched and still edits ESN's collaboratively written devotional for academics, Scholar's Compass. Hannah also crafts other community-building events and materials for ESN. She holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Delaware, and an MA from St. John's College in Annapolis, MD. she’s working on a novel about a dragon who gave up fending off knights to become a tea importer in eighteenth-century England.

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    Paul Yandle commented on July 15, 2018 Reply

    I like the book reviews! Since most of us have to be selective about what we read during the school year, it’s nice to get expanded commentary on books of interest.

    Janet Y. commented on July 15, 2018 Reply

    Glad to see these ideas for potential ESN humanities coverage. I’m particularly interested in the humanities-oriented book reviews and think pieces mentioned–particularly if faculty members might share reflections on their worldview’s influence on how their scholarship speaks to field-defining conversations in their disciplines. Curious what others think!

    Alicia commented on July 17, 2018 Reply

    Interested in the think pieces especially.

  • David Parry commented on July 27, 2018 Reply

    I’m a fan of all the above suggestions, maybe especially the think pieces. I think interviews with more senior Christian scholars with thought through perspectives on relating their faith to their research/teaching would be helpful too. Creative writing and artwork could also be good.

    I wonder whether having posts engaging alternative perspectives in Christian thinking within humanities fields would be helpful (whether survey pieces or a series posts from scholars with different points of view), similar to some of the science posts around origins. Tricky issues that might benefit from this treatment include things like whether it is possible or helpful for Christian historians to seek to discern God’s providence in historical events or the extent to which different varieties of literary theory are helpful or problematic. This need not be aggressive or adversarial, and could include perspectives that are complementary rather than conflicting.

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