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Humanics Lectures and Writings

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The concept of humanics refers to Springfield College’s mission of educating students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to humanity. For many years, distinguished faculty members at Springfield College have lectured about the humanics philosophy. The following papers, along with the distinguished Humanics Lectures, represent some of the major writings about the humanics philosophy.

Seth Arsenian was the first Distinguished Professor of Humanics at Springfield College. The purpose of his appointment was to renew consciousness of the philosophy of humanics, the long-established ethic of the institution. In 1967 Professor Arsenian addressed the faculty on the meaning of humanics. It was the first of what has become a series of efforts by various faculty to report to their peers about how they have applied this humanics philosophy.

Humanics Philosophy of Springfield College (1969) edited by Seth Arsenian.


The following essays suggest how the administration and faculty of Springfield College have worked to stay true to the institution's philosophy of humanics. Many of the Humanics lectures are listed (chronologically) below.


Links to other Springfield College Writings about Humanics


DateProfessor of HumanicsTitle
1967 Seth Arsenian The Meaning of Humanics
1969Seth Arsenian Humanics and Higher Education: A Psychological Interpretation
1971 Herman H. Giles Human Nature and Human Affairs
1972Herman H. Giles Humanics At Work Among Friends and Enemies
1973-1975Charles F. Weckwerth A Report on a Pilot Study of the Image of Humanics at Springfield College
1976Holmes N. VanderBeck Humanics is Like...
1977-1978Charles Silvia Humanics and Athletics and Other Concerns
1979Walter H. English Humanics and the Human Dilemma
1980Josephine Cecco The Humanics Philosophy: A Legacy
1981Henry Paar The Power of the Person
1982Edward J. Sims The Meaning of Humanics
1983Edward T. Dunn Humanics: a Message of Hope
1984-1985Jean Ross A Century of Humanics and Humanism at Springfield College
1985-1987Herbert Zettl Humanics: Education with a Moral Dimension
1987-1988Paul U. Congdon What It Really Is
1988-1989James B. Robertson "Connections"
1989-1990Diane L. Potter Operationalizing Our Humanics Philosophy: The Keystone a Diverse and Pluralistic Society
1990-1991Joel Cohen Humanics: Creed Versus Deed
1991-1992Janice Eldridge Values Revisited Toward an Authentic Community
1992 - 1993John CoxValues Revisited
1993-1994James GenasciA Multimedia Presentation
1994-1995Martin Dosick Humanics: Humane Dynamics with a Future
1995-1996Elizabeth Evans Humanics: Zero Balancing with Donkeys and Dragons
1996-1997Margaret Lloyd The Extraordinary Life: Justice, Play and Creative Tension
1997-1998Joel Dearing Our Foundation is on Top
1998-1999Peter Polito Principles of Humanics
1999-2000Barbara Jensen Humanics in the Year 2000
2000-2001Delight E. Champagne 2001: The Odyssey of a College on a Humanics Mission - Text of the Lecture, Powerpoint Presentation
2001-2002Frank TorreHumanics and the Environment - Text of the Lecture, Powerpoint Presentation
2002-2003Bernard GraneyAnnual Humanics Lecture
2003-2004 Dottie Zenaty
2004-2005Charles RedmondExploring Spirit at Springfield College
2005-2006 Ronald Maggio
2006-2007 Richard DavilaThe Multiculural, Multiethnic, and International Aspects of the Humanics Philosophy - Written
2006-2007 Richard DavilaThe Multiculural, Multiethnic, and International Aspects of the Humanics Philosophy - Video
2007-2008 Mimi MurrayOur Great Adventure in Education: The Whole Story
2008-2009 Albert Petitpas "What would happen if...?
2009-2010Robert Accorsi Humanics, Hope, and Grit: Powerful Catalysts for the Paralympic Movement


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