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The Woman Who Decided to Save the History of the Human Soul

Steven Crandell | Posted 11.21.2014 | Impact
Steven Crandell

Mary Conover Mellon was only 33 when she first heard a speech by Dr. Carl Jung, a pioneer in psychology and one of the great thinkers of the 20th century.

More Than a Day of Remembrance

Shad Meshad | Posted 11.06.2014 | Impact
Shad Meshad

Veterans Day is next Tuesday. Our nation has seen twelve years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The war has been present, but perhaps at a safe distance for those who haven't had someone close to them in harm's way.

Communication Studies Rise to Relevance

Jason Schmitt | Posted 10.22.2014 | College
Jason Schmitt

It is clear that Communication Studies has more students and fewer faculty positions than many of its humanities peers, many of whom are experiencing significant decline.

We Need the Humanities As Much As Science to Solve the World's Problems

Paul_Smith | Posted 10.22.2014 | Education
Paul_Smith

Scientists and artists -- there are no two cultures. There's one human culture with myriad manifestations. Let's get it together, approach the world as one and see that world in a grain of sand once more.

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 11.09.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

We challenge our students to develop life-long skills such as analytical thinking, clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration, and creativity.

America: Dumb and Dumber

William E. White | Posted 10.12.2014 | Education
William E. White

We blame teachers and schools, but in truth, the cause of American ignorance and stupidity is more fundamental than our school institutions. Parents, community leaders, public figures, popular culture icons, and peers tell our children--in words, deeds, and attitudes--that education is worthless.

A Surprising Success Story: Jobs and the Arts and Humanities

Christine Henseler | Posted 10.12.2014 | 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 09.28.2014 | 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 09.14.2014 | 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?

Teagle Promotes Collaborative Humanities Learning at Stanford

Ruth Starkman | Posted 08.16.2014 | College
Ruth Starkman

Professor David Lummus's "Italy: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly," a new "Gateways to the World" course aimed at students interested in studying abroad in Italy.

Moving Away From Humanities Is Alarming, But Not Anti- Intellectual

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 08.09.2014 | College
Noah Fitzgerel

Millennials are apparently complicit in an increasingly anti-intellectual movement, as higher education seems to continually undervalue the humanities.

How Not to Defend the Humanities

David McCabe | Posted 07.23.2014 | College
David McCabe

The greatest threat in defending the humanities is that our true motivation become the love that dare not speak its name. We must not let that happen.

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.

Do the Humanities Help Us Understand the World in Which We Live?

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Daniel R. Schwarz

Readers of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy will better understand Putins's behavior and his response to Western disapproval if they remember those 19th century authors' deep skepticism of the Enlightenment's emphasis on logic and reason.

Why I Teach Plato To Plumbers

The Atlantic | Scott Samuelson | Posted 05.02.2014 | World

Once, when I told a guy on a plane that I taught philosophy at a community college, he responded, “So you teach Plato to plumbers?” Yes, indeed. B...

The Hybrid Humanities in an Age of Public Scholarship

Christine Henseler | Posted 06.25.2014 | College
Christine Henseler

The opportunities and challenges afforded by technologies demand that both scholars and publics rethink and rearticulate who they are and how they relate to each other. For starters, academics working in the humanities must break down the divisionary descriptors between the traditional humanities scholar and those who identify as public scholars.

From Days of Auld Langdell: Crisis and Reform in Modern Legal Education

Harold Lloyd | Posted 06.25.2014 | College
Harold Lloyd

An odd Victorian bears much responsibility for the current crisis in legal education. After practicing law for fifteen years, Christopher Columbus Lan...

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.

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.

Why Anti-Intellectualism Is Dumb

Thomas White | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics
Thomas White

Disbelief may be relatively benign, but many, particularly in the GOP, actively deride and mock scientific theories and the study of humanities -- an unsettling era of anti-intellectualism that has serious consequences.

To See By Common Light

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.20.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As a scientist, always striving to see outside the tunnel, to apply the proper blend of skepticism and open-mindedness, that I write today to recommend a work of fiction as a source of surprising light.

New Study Points to Liberal Arts Graduates' Success

Donna Randall | Posted 04.12.2014 | College
Donna Randall

The liberal arts community tends not to talk about the value of a liberal arts education in economic terms. Even if there was willingness to do so, supporting data are hard to find. However, evidence has recently emerged.

President Obama's Thoughtless Comment

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

The problem of high unemployment for recent college graduates has to do with systemic problems in our economy, not because they took literature classes in college instead of accounting or organic chemistry classes.