The National Endowment for the Humanities Announces Grant Recipients

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

A Korean Defense of 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

Saving 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

Don’t Believe the Lies About 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.

Humanities for All

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.

The humanities may be “the least risky way to prepare for employment in the 21st century economy”

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”

Anne-Imelda Radice is the New Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities

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

Want to be a Good Doctor? Study the Humanities

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

Good News on the Humanities Front

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

Want to Work at Google? Take Some Humanities Courses. Or Better Yet, MAJOR in the Humanities!

Fascinating piece here from Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post: In 2013, Google decided to test its hiring hypothesis by crunching every bit and byte of hiring, firing, and promotion data accumulated since the company’s incorporation in 1998. Project Oxygen shocked everyone by concluding that, among the eight most important qualities of Google’s top employees, STEM … Continue reading Want to Work at Google? Take Some Humanities Courses. Or Better Yet, MAJOR in the Humanities!

Notre Dame’s Provost Defends the Humanities in a “High-Tech World”

University of Notre Dame Provost Thomas G. Burish informs us that “only two of the top 50 public institutions for research-and-development spending in the humanities in the 2016 fiscal year devoted more than 5 percent of their overall R&D to the humanities, while 19 of the top 50 private nonprofit institutions did.” Burish believes this … Continue reading Notre Dame’s Provost Defends the Humanities in a “High-Tech World”

What Does a Humanities Professor Do When a College Cuts the Humanities?

Check out Nina Handler‘s moving piece at The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Handler teaches English at Holy Names University, in Oakland, California.  The college recently cut several humanities majors, including English and History.  It’s website currently features a student playing golf. Holy Names claims to be a a university “rooted in Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions.”  The Catholic … Continue reading What Does a Humanities Professor Do When a College Cuts the Humanities?