“There is no functioning, stable, globalized world of the future without the humanities”

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”

Are “once robust” humanities fields being “broken up and stripped for parts?

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?

Every Humanities Faculty Member at a Christian College Should Read This Piece

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

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