Alain-Philippe Durand, Dean of the College of Humanities, University of Arizona

Judd Ruggill, Head of the Department of Public & Applied Humanities, UA

David Galbraith, Director of the UA School of Plant Sciences

Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 2:30-3:30, 

ASA Koffler Great Room


No entrepreneur, diplomat, engineer, or healthcare worker can succeed, no careers nor industries flourish—not anywhere in the world—without applying the essential skills practiced and taught in the humanities. Even the so-called hard skills taught in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM), and their integrated practices in successful business, require a foundation comprising the essential skills that originate in the humanities: storytelling, rhetoric, collaboration, multiperspectival analysis, historicizing, and more.

In 2017, the University of Arizona’s College of Humanities launched a Department of Public and Applied Humanities ( with a new Bachelor of Arts in Applied Humanities. The instigators of this new degree will lay out features of the innovative and successful interdisciplinary curriculum that brings together the humanities, STEMM, and business disciplines at UA.

Alain-Philippe Durand


Alain-Philippe Durand is the Dorrance Dean of the College of Humanities (since 2016), Professor of French, and affiliated faculty in Africana Studies, Applied Intercultural Arts Research, Latin American Studies, LGBT Studies, and Public and Applied Humanities at the University of Arizona. His research interests include French and Brazilian literatures and cultures, French Cinema, Hip-Hop studies, and the promotion of the Humanities disciplines in the professions.




Judd Ruggill


Judd Ruggill joined the University in 2016 and is Professor and Head of the Department of Public & Applied Humanities at the University of Arizona. He primarily researches play and the technologies, industries, and sociocultural phenomena that enable it. He has published and presented on topics ranging from academic collaboration to xenolinguistics, and is currently working on a book about archiving.




David Galbraith


David Galbraith is Professor and Director of the University of Arizona School of Plant Sciences. He is a member of the Bio5 Institute and the Arizona Cancer Center, as well as an adjunct in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and an Associate of the Institute for the Environment.  He joined the UA faculty in 1989. His research interests include biological instrumentation developmental, tissue and cell-specific gene expression in eukaryotes; functional genomics and proteomics; and issues in biodiversity. Outside of the laboratory, he was Founding Secretary of the Tucson Chamber Artists in 2004, now our much loved True Concord Voices and Orchestra.



Compiled by Maria Dobozy, Academy Village Volunteer

Nov 9:  “Innovation in the Humanities and the STEMM: The BA in Applied Humanities”