As part of the ongoing programming for the Center for the Advancement of the Humanities, we will be hosting special topic seminars open to all students, faculty, staff, and community.


The Grundrisse by Karl Marx Non-Credit Reading Seminar 

In this zero-level course we will read and discuss selections from Marx’s Grundrisse. We will expect some background knowledge of Marx – having read Capital: Volume 1 will be a benefit but is not required. We will consider Marx's method of abstraction, objectification and alienation, exploitation, dispossession and uneven development, freedom and social relations, individuals and community, necessity and contingency in history, and the fragment on machines and cognitive capitalism. Because it is a zero-level course there are no requirements. We just ask that participants come having read the sections with (1) a sense of what Marx was trying to say and (2) some thoughts about it.  

Hosted by Michael McCarthy and Michael Wert 

Every other Tuesday, beginning August 27th 

1:30 PM 

Cudahy 417 

Postcolonial Non-Credit Seminar 

The Center for the Advancement of the Humanities is sponsoring a semester-long non-credit seminar devoted to postcolonial scholarship from across the disciplines. Our aim is to bring together an interdisciplinary group of students, staff, faculty, and community members to discuss scholarship within the field of postcolonial studies. We plan to begin with foundational texts and move chronologically through contemporary and emerging work in the field.  

Meetings will be held twice a month and light refreshments will be served. We also encourage input on reading selection and discussion topics. If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP.  

Hosted by Jackielee Derks ( 

Every other Tuesday, beginning September 3rd  


William Wehr Physics Building 150


Previous Seminars

Transhumanism: Narratives and Implications

This zero-credit seminar is offered to explore one of the most generative and widely influential ideas of our time: transhumanism. Although it has various expressions, transhumanism in general refers to the idea that human evolution is incomplete and will soon take an unprecedented turn at the Singularity, the point at which humans develop a technologically enhanced intelligence that far surpasses their own cognitive powers. This could be a biological being sufficiently enhanced to count as a different species, an artificial intelligence, or some combination of the two. This imagined future poses several urgent questions for humanities scholars. Is further evolution of humans through technology desirable? Is it inevitable? How might it be resisted or controlled? What is likely to be the nature of transhuman beings, and how will they relate to present-day humans? What will be the human (as distinct from the posthuman or the transhuman) future? What ethical concerns should guide future research into transhumanism? Hosted by: Drs. Katherine Hayles, visiting AMUW Chair, and Gerry Canavan, English

Bob Dylan Seminar

This seminar is open to all Marquette students, staff, and faculty with an interest in Bob Dylan and the question of his cultural importance. This seminar runs from February 16th until May 7th. Those who are interested in participating should contact Dr. James South.