Each Friday, during the college common hour from 12:30-1:20 p.m., the Humanities Institute hosts an open, informal discussion led by a member of the Saint Anselm faculty, staff or monastic community. This forum invites people from all parts of campus to come together with others who are willing to open their lunch bag and their mind to a question about our humanity. So, come Friday, pack a lunch and join the human conversation in the LaMalfa-Kelly Common Room of the Humanities Institute, unless otherwise indicated. A Zoom Link will be provided weekly for those wishing to take part remotely.


Fall 2023 Schedule

Date Topic Location

Friday, September 1

“Can we trust AI to deliver the truth?”

Facilitated by Prof. Michael Huelsman, Computer Science Department

Humanities Institute
Friday, September 8

“Is there really such a thing as a just war?”

Facilitated by Prof. Bindu Malieckal, English Department

Humanities Institute
Friday, September 15

“Does grammar matter and is there a right way to use English?

Facilitated by Prof. Meg Cronin, English Department

Humanities Institute
Friday, September 22

“Should students' lives be more like monks' lives?”

Facilitated by Fr. Bernard Disco, O.S.B., Theology Department 

Humanities Institute
Friday, September 29

“Does artistic genius exist?”

Facilitated by Prof. Laura Shea, Fine Arts Department

Humanities Institute
Friday, October 13

“Does it matter whether this was written by a human?”

Facilitated by Prof. Gary Bouchard, English Department

Humanities Institute
Friday, October 20

“Should education be comfortable?”

Facilitated by Mr. Mark Reimer, College Advancement

Humanities Institute
Friday, October 27

“Can a business have a soul or at least a heart?”

Facilitated by Dr. Benjamin Horton, Assistant Dean of Freshmen and Academic Support Services

Humanities Institute
Friday, November 3

“Why take a civil rights pilgrimage?”

Facilitated by Prof. Aubrey Scheopner Torres, Education Department

Humanities Institute
Friday, November 10

“What should a college campus look like?”

Facilitated by Fr. Jerome Day, O.S.B., Communications Department

Humanities Institute
Friday, November 17

“Is empathy so wonderful or even possible?”

Facilitated by Prof. Rong Huang, Economics and Business Department

Humanities Institute
Friday, December 1

“Who is your favorite movie character and why?”

Facilitated by Prof. Carrie MacLeod, Nursing Department

Humanities Institute