Tag Archives: Defending the Humanities

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences report, The Heart of the Matter

An Evening at the American Academy’s Launch of the Heart of the Matter

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences released its report on the humanities last Wednesday night at a highly visible event in the US Capitol Visitor Center. The Heart of the Matter is intended to do for the humanities and social sciences what the National Academy of Sciences’ Rising above the Gathering Storm did for the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). To help promote the release and to start “a national conversation on the importance of the Humanities and Social sciences,” policymakers and cultural icons—including columnist David Brooks, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), American Council of Learned Societies President Pauline Yu, actor John Lithgow, and Ambassador Karl Eikenberry—offered their takes on the importance of these studies and the significance of the report.

What We’re Reading: June 20, 2013

Today’s What We’re Reading features Jill Lepore’s reflection on historical origins of the NSA scandal, why Don Draper is a preservationist, digital workflow for historians, a visual guide of “every single theory,” and much more!

Recasting History? Further Comments on the Ongoing Discussion

Editorial note: Responding to a report by the National Association of Scholars (NAS) on reading assignments at two Texas universities, Elaine Carey, AHA vice president, Teaching Division, and James Grossman, AHA executive director, wrote an article for the Chronicle of Higher Education that attracted a response from, among others, Samuel Goldman writing for the American Conservative.

February 5, 2013