Saturday, April 7, 2018
The humanities and sciences are often viewed as distinct and separate areas of inquiry. Yet whether we study history, chemistry, philosophy, or physics, our overarching methodology is similar in that it involves gathering data and constructing narratives—i.e. telling stories. A way of framing our overlap is by seeing the humanities and sciences as (1) guided by evidence, (2) subject to interpretation, and (3) open to revision.
This one-day symposium, presented by the National Humanities Center in partnership with the Lloyd International Honors College and the Medicinal Chemistry Collaborative at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, was an opportunity for humanists and scientists to come together to explore our commonalities and learn from each other. Designed to inspire cross-disciplinary discussions, panelists shared examples of how storytelling impacts their work as both humanists and scientists.