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The Legacies of the Enlightenment Project was designed and created by Michigan State University professor, Valentina Denzel, and Penn State University professor, Tracy Rutler, in 2016 in response to a call for projects from the Humanities Without Walls consortium. The call from HWW invited groups of faculty and graduate students to propose research projects that responded to a central question: “What is the role of the Humanities in a changing climate?” Professors Denzel and Rutler worked to assemble an international team of scholars and students with two major goals:

First, to create a large-scale website that would assemble research and teaching materials for academics and non-academics alike organized around the theme of the legacies of the Enlightenment that have shaped our world from the 18th century to the present day.

Second, to create a symposium that will gather professors, graduate students, and undergraduate students, giving students a space to meet others who share their interests and to receive feedback that will help them to revise an article, chapter, or artistic project for publication/presentation. The first symposium took place on the Michigan State Campus in the fall of 2018.

This project was awarded a Humanities Without Walls grant to fund the first two years of the project (2017-2018). We hope to receive additional funding to keep this project growing in the years to come. If you are interested in joining our team or if you have comments/suggestions please  Contact Us.