Karen E. Spierling is an associate professor of history and director of global commerce at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. She believes that the humanities must “go on the offensive.” Here is a taste of her piece at The Chronicle of Higher Education: It is time for humanists to go on the offensive. Not by … Continue reading “There is no functioning, stable, globalized world of the future without the humanities”
Carnegie Mellon literary critic Jeffrey J. Williams writes about hybrid fields such as digital humanities, environmental humanities, food humanities, medical humanities, legal humanities, business humanities, and public humanities. He calls these fields “The New Humanities.” Here is a taste of his piece at The Chronicle of Higher Education: From the outside, the rise of these various … Continue reading Are “once robust” humanities fields being “broken up and stripped for parts?
Call it “Quit Lit” or something else, but this is a powerful and moving piece by former Crown University English professor Michial Farmer. A friend who sent the essay to me called it “uncomfortably honest.” I would agree. Farmer bares his soul and, as my friend says, we are like the priest behind the curtain. … Continue reading Every Humanities Faculty Member at a Christian College Should Read This Piece
Here are a few that caught my eye: Stanford University Project Director: Clayborne Carson Project Title: The Papers of Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968) Elizabeth Fenn University of Colorado, Boulder Project Title: Sacagawea’s World: Window on the American West American Historical Association Project Director: Dana Schaffer Project Title: History, the Past and … Continue reading The National Endowment for the Humanities Announces Grant Recipients
“I want to do something about climate change, but I don’t like science and I am not good at it.” “I love history, literature, or philosophy, but I don’t see these disciplines advancing real change in the world.” If you can relate to these statements, I would encourage you to read Steven Allison and Tyrus … Continue reading Scientists Need the Humanities to Address Climate Change
The humanities are alive and well at Messiah College, but we need your help to continue our programs moving forward. Please consider contributing to our ongoing work, especially as it relates to student research in the humanities and efforts to engage our region with humanistic learning and programs. In the fall I will be entering … Continue reading Support the Humanities at Messiah College
University of Minnesota historian David Perry thinks so. Here is a taste of his piece at The Pacific Standard: I love all of the humanities, but I argue that history is the discipline best suited to instruct students how to respond to the 21st-century information ecology of short deadlines and overwhelming access to information. Historians learn … Continue reading Will Free College Save the Humanities?
Kim Soeong-kon teaches English at Seoul National University. Here is a taste of his piece at the Korea Herald: Recently, I read a perceptive article that the famous basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote for the Guardian. It was entitled, “The way Americans regard sports heroes versus intellectuals speaks volumes.” In this insightful article, Abdul-Jabbar defended the … Continue reading A Korean Defense of the Humanities
More reasons to consider that humanities degree. Here is a taste of Amanda Ruggeri’s article at the BBC website: George Anders is convinced we have the humanities in particular all wrong. When he was a technology reporter for Forbes from 2012 to 2016, he says Silicon Valley “was consumed with this idea that there was … Continue reading The Humanities Will Set You Up for Life
Hayden White, the author of Metahistory and the champion of narrative history, died in 2018. The Chronicle of Higher Education has published a transcript of a radio interview he did in 2008 with Stanford literature professor Robert Pogue Harrison. Here is a taste of the interview: Harrison: A few weeks ago, Stanley Fish posted an article on The New York … Continue reading Hayden White on the Humanities
Humanities related subjects–history, English, art history, philosophy–seems to be in decline in the academy. But these humanities subjects also seem to be thriving outside the academy. Broadway shows, television, Netflix, movies, museums, music, and podcasts all turn to the humanities for content. Over at the New York Review of Books, Michael Massing argues that the humanities will survive … Continue reading Saving the Humanities
Aaron Hanlon of Colby College identifies four of them in a piece at The Chronicle of Higher Education: The humanities are “noncognitive.” The humanities and social sciences are overrun by ideology. Humanities professors push left-wing ideas on students The humanities are ornamental See how Hanlon unpacks these four myths here.
The National Humanities Alliance, a nationwide coalition of organizations advocating for the humanities on campuses, in communities, and on Capitol Hill, has published a database of over 1400 “higher-ed based publicly engaged humanities initiatives” from all 50 states. It is called “Humanities for All.” Learn more here.
Here is Ronald Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins University: Last fall, on the campus of Johns Hopkins University, where I serve as president, I happened to overhear a conversation among a group of students. One student was telling the others that he had decided not to enroll in an introductory philosophy course that he had … Continue reading Take the Humanities Course!
Chris Gerhz, aka The Pietist Schoolman, makes another strong case for studying the humanities in college. Here is a taste of his piece, “A Counterintuitive Economic Argument for Majoring in the Humanities.” I know, I know: it seems risky to pick a major that doesn’t have an obvious pathway to a particular career. But hear me out… … Continue reading The humanities may be “the least risky way to prepare for employment in the 21st century economy”
Here is the press release: WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 12, 2018) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is pleased to announce the appointment of Anne-Imelda Radice as the new director of NEH’s Division of Public Programs and as a special advisor to NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “Having awarded hundreds of millions of dollars … Continue reading Anne-Imelda Radice is the New Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities
Will experience, expertise or interest in digital humanities help you land an academic job? In the Fall, my department will be conducting a search for a public historian. While the ability to do digital history will not be one of the major requirements for the position, I think it will certainly make a candidate attractive. … Continue reading Digital Humanities and Your Vita
Angira Patel is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology) and Medical Education at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Yesterday the Pacific Standard published her piece, “To Be A Good Doctor, Study the Humanities.” The subtitle of the article reads: “An emphasis on the humanities in medical school trains future doctors to become proficient in … Continue reading Want to be a Good Doctor? Study the Humanities
From the National Humanities Alliance: Yesterday evening, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies released a draft bill that includes $155 million in funding for both the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for FY 2019. This represents not only another rejection of the administration’s … Continue reading Good News on the Humanities Front
I never got a chance to teach Becky Kimmel, Messiah College class of 2018. I met her for the first time back in January when she interviewed me for a story on Confederate monuments that she was writing for the college news magazine. We had a great conversation that day and I left wishing that … Continue reading A 2018 Messiah College Graduate Reflects on the Power of the Humanities