Louis Menand: The Humanistic Condition
Louis Menand is the Robert M. and Anne T. Bass Professor of English, American Literature and Language at Harvard University. Menand's most notable work, The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America, earned him a Pulitzer Prize for History. His other books include Discovering Modernism: T.S. Elliot and his Context, American Studies, and The Marketplace of Ideas. He is a contributing writer for The New Yorker, and The New York Review of Books, among other publications. In this lecture, Menand speaks on the present, recent history, and possible futures of the humanities disciplines.