Everyday Humanities

“We do not fully respect the humanity of our fellow citizens – or cultivate our own – if we do not wish to learn about them, to understand their history, to appreciate the differences between their lives and ours.”—Martha Nussbaum [1] Humanities and Higher Education are under attack.  The economic crisis, high tuition and increasing unemployment rate lead people in the US not only to question the relevance of humanities & liberal arts, but also…

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What Is the Value of the Humanities?

The humanities can be described as the study of the myriad ways in which people, from every period of history and from every corner of the globe, process and document the human experience. — “What Are the Humanities?” | Stanford University Say “humanities” to most humans, and they will envision a list of reflective pursuits: philosophy, history, literature. And the inevitable question follows: Yeah, but what can you do with it?

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The Dangers of Intellectual Elitism and Narcissism

It’s far too common for academia to be regarded as an ivory tower—a self-contained bubble of elitism and grandiosity that serves no “real” purpose in the “real” world. In the interest of fairness it’s worth noting that there might be a nugget of truth to this. After all, academia is certainly not elite in the worldly, economic sense of the word. In fact, the mere notion that academia alone leads to anything close to wealth must seem patently absurd to increasing…

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