Several of our Sawyer Seminars will involve both a public event and a prior small workshop run in conjunction with two PhD seminars, one for students in the Division of Emerging Media at BU (Prof. James E. Katz) and another in the Philosophy Department (Prof. Juliet Floyd). Commentators are sought for specific events, as well as interested faculty and graduate students from the Boston Area, upon application. Please contact us if you are interested in participating.
Professor of Philosophy, Boston University
James E. Katz
Director, Division of Emerging Media Studies, Boston University
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Boston University
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminars were established in 1994 to provide support for comparative research on the historical and cultural sources of contemporary developments. The seminars, named in honor of the Mellon Foundation's long-serving third president, John E. Sawyer, have brought together faculty, foreign visitors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from a variety of fields mainly, but not exclusively, in the humanities and social sciences, for intensive study of subjects chosen by the participants. The Mellon Foundation’s support aims to engage productive scholars in comparative inquiry that would (in ordinary university circumstances) be difficult to pursue, while at the same time avoiding the institutionalization of such work in new centers, departments, or programs. Sawyer Seminars are, in effect, temporary research centers.
Sponsor of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar at Boston University, 2017-2018, "Humanities and Technology at the Crossroads: Where Do We Go From Here?"
On the other hand, some conclude that the world is in a constant state of flux. Things change, they are always changing, and, indeed, they are seemingly changing more rapidly now than ever before. If not progress, at least there is irrevocable change and the shock of the new. To juxtapose these two perspectives, one could say either that the concerns, desires and challenges facing young people today are comparable to those faced by their grandparents, or, contrarily, that they are ones they could never have imagined.