The Way that is the World

Since nickels seem to be the standard unit of measuring the amount of times one hears things, I shall follow suit. If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone use the phrase “That’s just the way the world is” or one of its many variants, well, my student debt would long be a thing of the past and my personal library would be exponentially larger than it is now. Variants of such…

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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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