Forum: Scott Sprenger, Humanities

11:05 AM
Tuesday, 15 Jul, 2014

de Jong Concert Hall - View Map

Scott Sprenger, Associate Dean of Humanities, will deliver the forum address on Tuesday, July 15 at 11:05 am in the de Jong Concert Hall. Overflow seating will be available in the Varsity Theatre. 

Professor Sprenger's address is titled, "When Humanities Become the World." He will discuss the value of humanities skills and capacities for careers in the current global marketplace, strategies for all students to leverage humanities and forieng language coursework and how BYU is perhaps the best-positioned university in the country for the 21st century.

If you miss Sprenger’s remarks, the forum will be streamed on demand at
Scott Sprenger is the associate dean in the College of Humanities at Brigham Young University. He earned graduate degrees in French Studies from Johns Hopkins and Emory University and was an Andrew W. Mellon fellow at UCLA from 1999 to 2001 and a Fulbright Scholar in Brussels and Paris in 2009. Most recently, Sprenger was appointed to be the American University of Paris’s next Provost beginning in the coming academic year. 
Sprenger’s administrative work covers a broad range of areas, including faculty development, tenure and promotions, program assessment of study abroad and internships, international program oversight, college and university advising, international business language and more. He directed the European Studies program from 2006 to 2009 and has been on the executive committee of a Title VI Center for the Study of Europe for 11 years. His primary publications focus on modern European literature and culture. He has also recently taught interdisciplinary courses including The Idea of Europe, European Anti-Americanism and Gothic Marriage. 
Sprenger’s main assignment for the past five years, however, has been to create and develop a program called Humanities+ which aims to bridge the humanities and liberal arts with global career opportunities. Humanities+ has been acclaimed in the national press and by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as one of the most innovative initiatives in the liberal arts in the United States. Sprenger also curates the "Humanities+ Blog" and has actively promoted the humanities and liberal arts with Congress via the Humanities Alliance Conference, on the radio and in the Chronicle of Higher Ed.