Humanities

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Acknowledging Things of Darkness: Postcolonial Criticism of The Tempest

Aug 11, 2014 by Duke Pesta |

In the Fall 2014 issue of Academic Questions, Duke Pesta, associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, writes on the limitations of postcolional criticism.

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Defending the Humanities and Heather Mac Donald

Jan 14, 2014 by Peter Wood |

NAS president Peter Wood argues why cultivating an interest in the important and enduring achievements of the human imagination are as "relevant" as they ever were.

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The Highs and Lows of 2013: NAS Picks Higher Ed’s Top Ten Stories

Dec 24, 2013 by Peter Wood |

NAS recaps the top ten higher education stories from 2013. 

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Test Your Knowledge: The Deaths of Western Civ

Dec 10, 2013 by Rachelle DeJong |

This grave quiz unearths the ends of Western civ's greats. 

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Heart Ache: A Wretched Defense of the Humanities

Jun 25, 2013 by Peter Wood |

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences's recent report written in defense of the humanities lacks intellectual seriousness.

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Humanists in High Dudgeon: The CFR-ALSCW Standoff

Jun 24, 2013 by John Agresto |

It's time to remember that the liberal arts "are not simply of personal benefit or esoteric private enjoyment but are and have always been of inestimable value to society."

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The Future of the Humanities

Mar 13, 2013 by George Leef |

The humanities, once the core of higher education, have fallen on hard times.

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Wasteful Productivity

Sep 26, 2012 by Mark Bauerlein |

The way humanities departments at research universities measure productivity – by counting publications – incentivizes unproductiveness in teaching.

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Another Good Program: History at Holy Cross College, Indiana

May 23, 2012 by Glenn Ricketts |

We add another academically solid program to our list.

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Humanities, Anyone?

Apr 11, 2012 by Jascha Kessler |

Jascha Kessler explains why teaching the humanities just isn't what it use to be.

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Debating Higher Ed: STEMs, Skills, Humanities, and Hiring

Feb 10, 2012 by Joshua Wright |

New research from a group of economic experts helps illuminate the question of whether college students should study the liberal arts or something more "vocational."

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Some Critical Thoughts

Jan 13, 2012 by Peter Wood |

Peter Wood argues that “critical thinking” in the humanities has come to mean uncritical orthodoxy.

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Thomas Lindsay On Why the Humanities Are Really in Trouble

Dec 17, 2011 by Glenn Ricketts |

Thomas Lindsay explains that the humanities long ago sold out to ideology and "critical thinking," and haven't been worth the money for some time. 

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Three Cheers for Useless Education

Nov 29, 2011 by J.M. Anderson |

A community college dean argues that the value of a liberal arts education is not primarily monetary or vocational, and that's just fine.

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Out and About: Steve Balch in Italy and at Carthage College

Nov 22, 2011 by Steve Balch |

This month NAS chairman Steve Balch discussed the future of the humanities at a symposium in Italy and spoke about the study of Western civilization at Carthage College.

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