Humanities Moments

Humanities Moments

We’ve all had “humanities moments” — when our lives were made richer, more poignant, and meaningful because of the insights the humanities provide.

Items in the David Denby Collection

Transformative Literature
David Denby discusses works of literature that influenced his thinking as a child and as a teenager. Looking back, these books transformed the reader he is.

Nighthawks at the Museum
Answering the question whethera humanities moment looks different across generations, David Denby shares an example of such moment he and his son experienced together at the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Berlin Philharmonic Plays Mahler
David Denby discusses hearing Herbert von Karajan conducting a performance of Mahler’s 9th Symphony - a moment which made him realize the power of music as a universal language.

Losing and Regaining the Metaphysical
Have we lost the metaphysical? And how do we regain it?

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