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.
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.
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?
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.