The eight-part "Heart of the Liberal Arts: Humanities in the Liberal Arts College" lecture series continues this Thursday, March 6, with a talk from Kathleen Fitzpatrick, the director of scholarly communication at the Modern Language Association and founding chair of the Pomona College Department of Media Studies. She will speak on "The Humanities' Digital Futures" at 8 p.m. in Rose Hills Theater (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). The talk is free and open to the public.

Fitzpatrick is a leading voice in the development of the digital humanities. She is the author of The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television (Vanderbilt University Press, 2006) and Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (New York University Press, 2011).

The Heart of the Liberal Arts series brings prominent national speakers from various disciplines to campus to explore the changing role and the continuing importance of the humanities in the context of a liberal arts education.

Upcoming speakers include Leon Botstein, president of Bard College, professor in the Arts and Humanities, and music director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra, speaking on "Arts and Humanities" on April 3, and Stanley Fish, professor of humanities and professor of law at Florida International University, speaking on "What Is Academic Freedom?" on May 1. The series is funded in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

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