The Challenge of Making the Humanities Relevant

It’s no secret that the humanities are suffering a bit of an image problem. Word on the street is that the humanities do little more than to train future baristas—much to the embarrassment of baristas everywhere. Mind you, these remarks aren’t limited to those outside the humanities. My primary school history teacher once remarked that a history degree is only good if you want to go to law school, teach history or appear on the…

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The Value of a Traitor

Last Friday, the Humanities House hosted members of the Latino Writers Collective from Kansas City. José Faus, Gabriella Lemmons, and Miguel Morales spoke about diversity and read some amazing poetry. It was awesome to hear so many references to my hometown, KC, and each of the writers offered different perspectives and advice about life and writing careers. The humanities always get criticized for their lack of “practical application.” It’s tempting for us to act like…

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Happy Halloween!

As you get ready to hand out candy to children around your neighborhood or go to a Halloween themed party, you may be wondering how exactly this all came to be. How does one even think of the idea of Halloween and how the heck did it become so commercialized?

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Sharing is Caring/Caring is Sharing

The importance of sharing was one of the first lessons we learned in school. Mastering math, penmanship, and the food chain would all come with time. But sharing was an essential and immediate element of our early academic success. There were many facets of the sharing, from not hogging all the crayons to not hogging your understanding of how to do an art project when your neighbor did not. It wasn’t just sharing of physical…

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