Desperate for Some Kindness: A History of Asking for Help in Hard Times

Elizabeth De WolfeThe Center for Global Humanities is a public forum dedicated to the study of human destiny in the 21st century. Because new discoveries in science and technology are changing our understanding of human nature and raising burning questions about the future of our civilization, the Center uses the lenses of the humanities to provide insight into this emerging human condition. Analyzing the state of our cultures today is as important as any medical or technological breakthrough.

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Elizabeth De Wolfe, Chair of the History Department at the University of New England, presented her talk Desperate for Some Kindness: A History of Asking for Help in Hard Times as part of the Center for Global Humanities annual lecture series.

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The Center for Global Humanities is a partner of the Maine Humanities Council.


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