Human/Ties Festival Celebrates the Humanities at UVA

    Beginning Wednesday, September 14th UVa will host the Human/Ties festival, a four-day celebration held in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This forum will feature a wide variety of panel discussions, interviews, film screenings, art exhibits, and more.

    These events, all of which will be free and open to the public, collectively seek to explain how the humanities help us make sense of our increasingly connected and complicated world.

    For UVa professor Ashley Williams, the Human/Ties forum is an event that will definitely be worth attending. She describes Human/Ties as way to foster community engagement through common interest in humanities-based events. Moreover, UVa students will find Human/Ties to be a chance to expand on what they have learned in class.

    “[Human/Ties] can show students new ways to think about the things that they learn in class,” said Williams.

    Williams hopes that students in her COLA classes this semester, “Food Talk” and “The Words We Eat,” will find the panel discussion “Farming the Earth, Cultivating Humanity” to be a relevant opportunity to see what they have learned about food ways in her class applied to real-world situations.

    Other exciting events include a screening of Stanley Nelson’s 2010 documentary Freedom Riders featuring a panel discussion with three members of the original Freedom Riders movement, as well as an interview with Christopher Jackson, a member of the original cast of “Hamilton: An American Musical.”

    For more information about the Human/Ties series, please visit the official Human/Ties website:


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