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Tolstoy's Take on What Matters Most This Christmas

Andrew D. Kaufman | Posted 12.21.2016 | Books
Andrew D. Kaufman

If to live is to suffer, as Tolstoy understood so well, then to persevere is to find meaning in one's suffering. Does hardship make us beasts, Tolstoy asks, or better human beings? Do we continually focus on getting what we think we want, or on making something meaningful out of what we have, no matter how miniscule or shabby it might seem?

Reading the Humanities Promotes Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Capacity

David Brendel | Posted 11.09.2016 | Business
David Brendel

The implications of these ideas, and the opportunities they present for the business world, are profound. Reading and discussing great humanities texts can guide and encourage people to think in a more disciplined fashion about human experience and interaction.

The Millennial Perspective: What College Students Say About the Value of the Arts and Humanities

Christine Henseler | Posted 10.23.2016 | Education
Christine Henseler

The high school and college students of today are the workforce of tomorrow. They have a personal interest in the shape of the future, and they are directly affected by national conversations about educational value, access, and cost.

How Books@Work Is Bringing Humanities to the Front Line

Kimberly Connor | Posted 10.12.2016 | Education
Kimberly Connor

While Books@Work may not be attached to a particular social movement, its modest goals to encourage employees to reflect on how they do their jobs and live on a daily basis has the potential for a wide-reaching effect.

To Data or Not To Data: Capturing the Humanities in Motion

Christine Henseler | Posted 10.06.2016 | Education
Christine Henseler

We have a social responsibility to reshape what really counts among all the counting. I deeply believe that the transformative and perhaps even surprising identity of tomorrow's humanities must be built on the solidity of our century-old foundations.

The Art of Being Alive Series: What does PEACE Mean for the World Today?

Adedayo Fashanu | Posted 09.23.2016 | World
Adedayo Fashanu

Recently, I got in a conversation with a friend about the issues facing us as a human race; I ended up breaking down in tears. She said, "It sounds as if you are just waking up." Indeed, it feels as if I have just been awoken to see the realities of the world for what it really is.

Join Me in Celebrating National Arts in Education Week!

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 09.14.2016 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

Unfortunately, we all know that when school budgets tighten, the arts are the first to go. But when we celebrate, we also bring attention to the decision makers who decide what gets cut. Let's get informed, let's get out there, and let's get some attention.

Asia and the Future of the Liberal Arts

Kyle David Anderson | Posted 09.06.2016 | Education
Kyle David Anderson

A few months ago, I had a conversation with Pericles Lewis, Founding President of Yale-NUS (Singapore), about the reception and current status of the...

An Open Letter to Marco Rubio (and Other Deriders of the Humanities) From a Fellow Cuban-American

Bertha Alvarez Manninen | Posted 08.28.2016 | Education
Bertha Alvarez Manninen

So, I go back to your original question: was it worth $50,000 of student debt to study philosophy? No -- it is worth so much more. Although my education did help me financially, it helped me in a way far deeper; something that cannot be captured with dollar amounts.

How to Showcase the Value of the Humanities and Storytelling

Kimberly Connor | Posted 08.27.2016 | College
Kimberly Connor

While placing an emphasis on STEM education will help fill technology-related jobs, it has overshadowed the importance of degrees within the humanities. In a world where there is more emphasis placed on technology-related education, how do educators illustrate the value of the humanities?

Counting (on) Success: Does an Education in the Humanities Count in Today's Day and Age?

Christine Henseler | Posted 08.19.2016 | Education
Christine Henseler

But what do we do with Anthropology, Linguistics or Law? How do we account for their humanistic content and approaches? And how about emerging fields like Humanistic Engineering, Medical Humanities, Environmental Humanities?

In Defense of the Liberal Arts

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 08.03.2016 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

As a country, we simply cannot let our less well-endowed colleges -- which most students attend -- become exemplars of access but failures at outcomes. The best education is a life-long pathway to many opportunities in which historically the most broadly educated graduates do well.

Putting Humanity and the Humanities Back Into Medicine

Allen Frances | Posted 07.28.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

Someday, perhaps all of medicine will be reducible (like most things) to a set of algorithms and doctors will be replaced by computers. But we are still far from achieving anything approaching this level of technical omniscience and certainty. For the far foreseeable future, we need doctors who understand life and people, not just lab test readouts and scientific papers.

Get Free: Hip Hop Civics Education: The Architect of the New Civil Rights Movement

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 07.21.2016 | Education
Sheena C. Howard

Scholars remind us that courses within the humanities that connect current sociopolitical concerns juxtaposed with the need to educate an increasingly diverse student population is key to the future of higher education.

Breathing New Life Into Native American Languages

Colleen M Fitzgerald | Posted 06.11.2016 | Science
Colleen M Fitzgerald

Linguistics lies in the borderlands of science and humanities, and nowhere is that shown more brilliantly than in the Breath of Life language reclamation model.

Studying My Friends, 'Dead White Males'

Frank H. Wu | Posted 06.27.2015 | College
Frank H. Wu

The "dead white males" happen to be who they were. They are of a time and a place. But they also offer to us what may be universal. That combination, grounding in a time and place with universal appeal, is a hallmark of the most profound intellectual accomplishments.

Does it Make Sense to Pursue a Humanities Doctorate? The Pros and Cons of Graduate Education in the Humanities

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 06.27.2015 | Education
Daniel R. Schwarz

I. Introduction You loved studying literature in college and thought how much fun it would be to be the teacher leading the discussions you enjoyed. ...

Big Thinkers for Today's Big Problems: Celebrating the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Fellows

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 06.22.2015 | College
Carnegie Corporation of New York

Thirty-two of the country's best and brightest have just been named to the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows -- scholars (many of them emerging scholars), journalists, and authors. Their charge: to provide important new perspectives on current and future challenges to American democracy and international order.

Kathleen Miles

We Need The Liberal Arts More Than Ever In Today's Digital World, Fareed Zakaria Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 04.20.2015 | World

A liberal arts education is the best preparation for many careers, especially in the U.S., given today's global technology-driven economy, CNN host Fa...

Anna Deavere Smith on the 44th Jefferson Lecture and the Search for American Character

Greg Archer | Posted 06.03.2015 | Arts
Greg Archer

Humanities, the arts, words, culture, character, the language that people really speak when they speak to each other -- oh, these are creatively deep waters for somebody like Anna Deavere Smith to swim through.

The Enduring Power of the Humanities

Laura Skandera Trombley | Posted 05.02.2015 | Education
Laura Skandera Trombley

I've been invited to speak about the "Enduring Power of the Humanities," and while I believe in the topic (with a double major in English and humanities I better) the humanities really best speak for themselves. Yet the humanities have increasingly found themselves under attack.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Struck by the Street Art of Stickers. From the Streets to the Classroom

Christine Henseler | Posted 05.01.2015 | Education
Christine Henseler

You might not have observed what is called "street art stickers" before, but once you do, you'll start seeing them everywhere.

Does Art Matter?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 04.15.2015 | Arts
Samantha Boardman MD

The intellectual, social, emotional, and empathetic value of a piece of art may be hard to measure but are undeniable. A recent study found that students who visited an art museum demonstrated greater knowledge, critical thinking and empathy than those who didn't.

Historians Step Behind The Plate

Glyn Vincent | Posted 04.11.2015 | Books
Glyn Vincent

A manifesto about history today? In this age of expedience, when the latest digital blip of an idea is as hyped as a Fourth of July appliance sale, someone was finally going to stand up for Time and Perspective.

A High-Def 'Selfie' With the Arts and Humanities

Christine Henseler | Posted 03.29.2015 | Arts
Christine Henseler

Technology is, in fact, a great place to start. If technology really did simply feed into an "upgrade culture" -- obsessed with smaller, smarter, faster, sharper --then there would be one universal gadget for everyone. One ussie.