PITH — Politics in the Humanities hosts speakers studying politics at the humanistic ends of various social sciences and at the more social science ends of the humanities. PITH complements the work of the Political Concepts Initiative but aims specifically to open up dialogue on political questions across the humanities and the social sciences. In botanical terminology, pith refers to a spongy, central cylinder of tissue found inside the stems of most flowering plants. The pith of an argument is like the pith of a plant: pith is the central idea or essence of something.
The lecture series, which hosts two speakers a year, is supported by funds from the Cogut Institute and the Department of Political Science, and is convened by Bonnie Honig, Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Political Science.