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A Surprising Success Story: Jobs and the Arts and Humanities

Christine Henseler | Posted 08.12.2014 | Books
Christine Henseler

As the world gets bigger and the world's problems become more complex, employers seek more critical, comprehensive, and creative leaders. And the Arts and Humanities provide just that.

Minecraft Anyone? Encouraging A New Generation of Computer Scientists and Humanists

Christine Henseler | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Christine Henseler

Does your son or daughter play Minecraft? And do you stand before that screen wondering what it's all about, and how it's possible that your kid doesn't get dizzy from moving around this blocky world so quickly?

The 'Great Divide' That Exists In Schools, But Shouldn't

Anokhi Saklecha | Posted 07.15.2014 | Teen
Anokhi Saklecha

Science and writing -- two polar opposites according to societal norms, and yet, I was in love with both. So, what did that make me? Science or humanities?

Screen Literacy for the Next Generation: How the Arts and Humanities Matter

Christine Henseler | Posted 07.04.2014 | Education
Christine Henseler

In my college classroom I often ask students about their technology habits and, to my surprise, I repeatedly find that this "tech generation" is not as active as we have come to believe.

The Arts and Humanities Are Alive and Well -- Just Watch the Millennials

Christine Henseler | Posted 07.12.2014 | Education
Christine Henseler

Let's stop talking about the death or decline of the arts and humanities. Let's explicitly engage with its rebirth.

Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Humanities: How WWI Settled an Earlier Argument About the Value of a Liberal Arts Education

Grant Calder | Posted 07.09.2014 | College
Grant Calder

A hundred years ago, there was also speculation that the liberal arts would go the way of the horse and carriage. Then as now, some believed that higher education should emphasize the technical rather than the humanistic, production over contemplation, and job training in lieu of life training.

Why Students Shouldn't Have To Choose Between Arts And Science

Montita Sowapark | Posted 06.08.2014 | Teen
Montita Sowapark

Now, I love science; science and I have always had a loving, healthy relationship. I get excited just thinking about angiogenesis and cell signaling pathways. However, despite my love for science, I am a zealous advocate for the place of arts and humanities in education.

In Defense Of The 'Impractical' English Major

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.15.2014 | College

According to the radio show A Prairie Home Companion, upon graduating from college with a degree in English, there are only several career options tha...

I Shouldn't Have To Choose Between Science And Art

Jason Li | Posted 05.13.2014 | Teen
Jason Li

"It's just a phase," my mother pleads to her coalition of Asian moms, her hands gesticulating as she feebly attempts to explain my brother's choice of major: ethnic studies.

On the Passing of a Black Intellectual

Rebecca Wanzo | Posted 04.14.2014 | Black Voices
Rebecca Wanzo

Stuart Hall died on February 10th, 2014. That will not mean anything to most of you, but many people around the world not only recognize his name but also know his work. He was a trailblazing sociologist and cultural studies scholar in England.

The Culture Wars Again

W. Robert Connor | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
W. Robert Connor

Humanistic fields are not all in precipitous decline, nor have all teachers and scholars in the humanities "lost faith in their uplifting mission." Such talk plays into the hands of culture warriors who want to turn the clock back rather than think in fresh ways about how the perennial value of these fields can be advanced and enhanced amid rapid demographic, technological, economic and cultural change.

Learning to Think for Ourselves

Michael Roth | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Michael Roth

America has long been ambivalent about learning for its own sake, at times investing heavily in free inquiry and lifelong learning, and at other times worrying that we need more specialized training to be economically competitive.

Invest in the Humanities Now

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.14.2013 | College
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Countries actively crushing free speech are introducing Western-style liberal arts education in their universities. Ironic, yes! More importantly, however, we should ask ourselves why we think the humanities are irrelevant when others are so interested.

The Crisis in the Humanities: Why Today's Educational and Cultural Experts Can't and Won't Resolve the Failings of the Liberal Arts

Dr. Diana E. Sheets | Posted 09.14.2013 | College
Dr. Diana E. Sheets

Without a seismic change in values that venerates historical cultures of excellence in conjunction with a celebration of scientific, professional, and technical achievement, there can be no restoration of the humanities.

STEM + the Arts Boosted by U.S. and U.K. Reports

John M. Eger | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
John M. Eger

Within weeks of the release of a report by a Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, established by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences,...

Revolutionary Days

William E. White | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
William E. White

"We the People" create the institutions that serve us. It's easy to forget that we -- individual citizens -- are the ones responsible for our children's education.

Reforming Doctoral Study: Shaping a Better Future for Humanities Ph.Ds

Ruth Starkman | Posted 03.11.2013 | College
Ruth Starkman

As the humanities move toward an increasingly digitized world where neither market nor technology proves a panacea, graduate education may begin to change, hopefully empowering humanities Ph.Ds to shape their own futures.

The 'Agonizing Spasms' of Election Day

William E. White | Posted 01.14.2013 | Education
William E. White

Effective citizens are sophisticated consumers of information. They ask hard questions about the issues facing their community, state, and nation. All of these behaviors are learned, not innate.

Searching for Democracy This Election Year

Ralph Lewin | Posted 01.05.2013 | San Francisco
Ralph Lewin

How can we, as members of an incredibly diverse society, effectively reach our political leaders to identify "the common good" and bring about the changes we want to see? The humanities keep us well-informed and able to adapt.

National Ignorance

William E. White | Posted 12.09.2012 | Education
William E. White

American ideas are important, an essential element for charting our future. Unfortunately, we may be losing our ability to discern quality debate.

Why Humanities?

Daniel Little | Posted 10.12.2012 | College
Daniel Little

Parents and siblings are sometimes a bit baffled when their student declares a passionate interest in the humanities. Why can't she pursue a practical degree like accounting or computer science? What is the use of a dozen courses in the humanities?

Education Reform: Language and Technology vs. STEM

Mirla Gonzalez | Posted 06.27.2012 | College
Mirla Gonzalez

Today, a lot of attention and funding is given to STEM programs but the humanities, language acquisition in particular, deserves just as much attention.

Embracing the Humanities

Kimberly Tan | Posted 06.19.2012 | Teen
Kimberly Tan

In this exaltation of scientific excellence, where do those of us who do not conduct scientific experiments, pore over university-level math, and research cures for cancer stand?

The "Light Bulb" Moment

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 03.12.2012 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

Artistic treasures of all types must be studied to appreciate those of our present day. In our current world of instant gratification and short attention spans -- it is easy to forget what came before.

Michelle Obama Hands Out Youth Arts And Humanities Awards

AP | Posted 01.02.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama has presented national arts and humanities awards to 12 community-based, after-school programs, including for at-ris...