Kaplan Scholars

In a world dominated by technological fixes, quantitative models and the rhetoric of "problem-solving," the Kaplan Humanities Scholars Program challenges first-year students to formulate sophisticated questions for which there are no simple or empirical answers. "What distinguishes the human?" "Can fiction be a form of knowing?" "Is imagination structured like a language?" "What is the role of the arts in an ideal society?" These are deep and abiding questions that have attracted some of the world’s greatest and most rigorous thinkers, from Homer to Freud, from Shakespeare to Hannah Arendt. As such, they constitute the special domain of the Humanities, with its unique methods and traditions of deliberation, analysis and judgment.

An exciting and intensive four-course program for first-year students, dedicated to the idea that the liberal arts form the cornerstone of university education as well as of civic responsibility, the Kaplan Humanities Scholars Program seeks the most active and interrogating minds of each year’s incoming freshman class. Read more about the program. For more information, contact Tom Burke.

The Coordinator

Jules LawJules Law, Coordinator of the Kaplan Humanities Scholars Program

Jules Law, Professor of English, has been centrally involved with the Kaplan Humanities Scholars Program since 2008.  A specialist in literary theory and Victorian literature, he has written numerous essays on Derrida, Joyce, and Wittgenstein, as well as two books:  The Rhetoric of Empiricism (Cornell 1993) and The Social Life of Fluids:  Blood, Milk, and Water in the Victorian Novel (Cornell 2010).  His current book project is Virtual Victorians:  Technologies of Immediation in the Nineteenth-Century Novel.  He has received numerous teaching and public-service awards, including the Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence (2007) and the Centro Romero Community Leadership award (2008).