Series: “The Importance of the Humanities” Post #2: Why History Matters

I’m reminded today of a post that appeared in Inside Higher Ed in November of 2012. This post, titled “Why History Matters,” written by Professor Amy Lewis (at the time a colleague of ours at Drury University) is as poignant today as it was then. It appears below in its entirety.   Why History Matters It’s advising season on my campus. My management students will want guidance selecting their spring classes. Their major classes are…

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The Night the Columns of Hercules Disappeared

Various things come to mind as one reads the title of this post. One might expect a read about anything ranging from mythology to magic, but in reality it has little to do with either. Instead, it deals with the disappearance of a Spanish flag that hung above the porch of the new Languages House until a few weeks ago. There are many plausible and ridiculous reasons as to why an object of this type…

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The Importance of a Good Front Porch

As a resident of the Humanities House, I am fortunate enough to have a lovely, semi-private front porch on which to spend the majority of my downtime. Many residents of Drury’s campus have nothing but public spaces or patches of pavement from which they can enjoy the outdoors. The front porch of this house has been my constant companion through many afternoons of doing homework and snacking. The front porch offers an interesting perspective on…

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Series: “The Importance of the Humanities” Post #1: Why Teach English?

Today introduces the first post in what will be a 5-part series reproducing a very important discussion going on recently in some of America’s most important and widely-read publications. The topic is “the importance of the humanities,” and the authors are some of the most esteemed benefactors and purveyors of the humanities, but the opinions of these writers appear alongside those who write from a different perspective, and who wish to urge caution to readers…

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