Russell A. Berman is an American professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature. In a moment when readership is down, and when economic resources are scarce, he and host Jonathan Judaken discuss the importance of the study of literature and of the humanities at this transformative moment in Western Culture.
Berman is the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University. He is also a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is also the director of Stanford's Introduction to the Humanities program. Previously, he served as associate dean and director of Stanford's Overseas Studies Program.
Berman received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1972 and completed a doctorate at Washington University in 1979. Since 1979, Berman has been on the faculty at Stanford University. In 2004, he became the editor of Telos, a quarterly journal of critical theory which has included extensive discussions of the Frankfurt School as well as Carl Schmitt.
As part of the Communities in Conversations series, Berman will give a lecture on the humanities in our culture on February 22, 2012 at Rhodes College Blount Auditorium.