Saving the Humanities at Drury University

I’m sure everybody is well aware of the events going on here at Drury. Twelve faculty members will not get their contracts renewed at the end of this year or next year. Most of these faculty members specialize in the humanities, which means that many departments in the humanities are not going to receive as much attention as they used to. While all of this is going on, new classes in animation, graphic design, and…

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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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