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  • Starving the Soul on Campus When Computer Science Replaces the Classics

    08/15/2014 2:53:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    April is the cruelest month, and August is the melancholy month. Even the crickets sing a different song at dusk as August begins summer's slow retreat. Children listen for the back-to-school bells as autumn closes in and the days begin to get noticeably shorter. Bicycle baskets morph into book bags. Sandals give way to tighter shoes, and the days of flip-flops are numbered. Sand from the beaches becomes the sand through the hourglass in the science lab. Free spirits are rounded up and structured into classes of whiteboards and textbooks overflowing with data. Teachers promise expeditions to new frontiers...
  • Jobs for Humanities Majors?

    04/29/2014 7:12:44 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 42 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 25, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    As commencement approaches, this year’s graduating seniors can look forward to pep talks about how employable humanities majors are. “Upon graduating from college, those who majored in the humanities and social science made, on average, $26,271 in 2010 and 2011, slightly more than those in science and mathematics but less than those in engineering and in professional and pre-professional fields,” Vartan Gregorian writes in the Carnegie Reporter. “However, by their peak earning age of 56 to 60, these individuals earned $66,185, putting them about $2,000 ahead of professional and pre-professional majors in the same age bracket.“ “Further, employers want to...
  • Academic Selfies

    03/25/2014 6:06:55 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 24, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    One of the fascinating dichotomies in academia is that its denizens, who more often than any other group, profess themselves obsessed with society, are more likely to show themselves absorbed with self. “The egological turn may be a reaction to the overtheorization of humanistic studies that dominated the late 20th century,” Theodore Ziolkowski, a professor emeritus at Princeton, writes in The Chronicle Review. “But it could easily have a similar negative effect if it simply replaces theory with the preening self of the author.” In the March 21, 2014 issue of The Chronicle Review, Ziolkowski surveys some of this literature....
  • High-tech and Humanity: 'English Majors Are What We're Looking For'

    07/26/2013 10:40:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    Economic anxiety defines the Detroit bankruptcy, and not just in Michigan and the Midwest. Detroit is the urban nightmare, symbolic of America's downward cultural spiral since the 1960s, when optimism about what Americans could accomplish was the national elixir. The automobile was the national icon: powerful, beautiful and reliable. Detroit's advertising slogans reflected America's immeasurable self-confidence. Cadillac boasted that it was "the standard of the world." Buick promised that "when better cars are built, Buick will build them." Packard, then Detroit's ultimate expression of luxury, smugly advised, "Ask the man who owns one." The car was the example of infinite...
  • College: The Fall of the Humanities

    07/08/2013 7:24:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/08/2013 | Bernie Reeves
    Duke University president Richard Brodhead, who abandoned his own students and took the word of a prostitute before knowing the facts in the infamous Duke Lacrosse case, has served as co- chairman of an allegedly bipartisan group convened by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to investigate the value of the humanities in the college curriculum. Members of the quango included filmmakers Ken Burns and George Lucas, musicians Yo-Yo Ma and Emmylou Harris, actor John Lithgow and retired Supreme Court justice David Souter -- an odd assortment to be called on to interpret academic trends. Said Brodhead in a...
  • College: The Future of the Humanities

    06/14/2013 8:27:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/14/2013 | Jeffrey Folks
    On June 6, Harvard University released a long-awaited report on the state of the humanities. A central part of the report, "Mapping the Future," is a study of the "trends" in humanities education and "stakes" for faculty, students, and society in general. What with plummeting enrollments and declining interest in the humanities, those who do not reside within the halls of academe might suppose that the Harvard report would focus on the real problems: the increased radicalization of the humanities; the splintering of the humanities into discrete disciplines such as women's studies, men's studies, gay studies, Latino studies, and the...
  • The Death Of the College Humanities Majors

    06/10/2013 2:21:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/10/2013 | Tyler Durden
    "People say you should do what you love," but in the new normal reality, it appears - based on the flagging applications at Harvard's humanities division - that oft-used phrase has been appended with, "but, I don't want to be doing what I love and be homeless." As The WSJ reports, among recent college graduates who majored in English, the unemployment rate was 9.8%; for philosophy and religious-studies majors, it was 9.5%; and for history majors, it was also 9.5%. By comparison, recent chemistry graduates were unemployed at a rate of just 5.8%; and elementary-education graduates were at 5%....
  • Axis of Inaccuracy

    11/19/2012 8:38:26 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 15, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    One thing that journalism and the humanities have in common is that people don’t like either of them. Yet another thing they have in common is that journalists and English professors can’t figure out why. “Americans’ distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly,” the Gallup organization reported on September 21, 2012. Meanwhile, at the last Modern Language Association (MLA) convention, which this correspondent attended, the thousands of English professors in attendance could attend panels on topics...
  • History for Dollars (Humanities)

    06/08/2010 8:25:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies · 35+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 7, 2010 | David Brooks
    When the going gets tough, the tough take accounting. When the job market worsens, many students figure they can’t indulge in an English or a history major. They have to study something that will lead directly to a job. So it is almost inevitable that over the next few years, as labor markets struggle, the humanities will continue their long slide. There already has been a nearly 50 percent drop in the portion of liberal arts majors over the past generation, and that trend is bound to accelerate. Once the stars of university life, humanities now play bit roles when...
  • BREAKING -- And another one (Pubbie named)

    06/03/2009 10:41:16 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 45 replies · 1,411+ views
    Politico ^ | 6-3-09 | Carol E. Lee
    BREAKING -- And another one: the Obama administration will name a Republican as the new chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a White House official tells POLITICO. The announcement that former Republican Congressman Jim Leach of Iowa will be nominated this afternoon. -- Carol E. Lee (1:17 p.m.)
  • Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity

    08/03/2007 2:57:01 AM PDT · by Enchante · 13 replies · 561+ views
    Social Text ^ | November 28, 1994 | Alan D. Sokal
    There are many natural scientists, and especially physicists, who continue to reject the notion that the disciplines concerned with social and cultural criticism can have anything to contribute, except perhaps peripherally, to their research. Still less are they receptive to the idea that the very foundations of their worldview must be revised or rebuilt in the light of such criticism. Rather, they cling to the dogma imposed by the long post-Enlightenment hegemony over the Western intellectual outlook, which can be summarized briefly as follows: that there exists an external world, whose properties are independent of any individual human being and...
  • Giving out bad Marx

    04/21/2006 4:51:16 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 27 replies · 746+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 22nd April 2006
    Trendy "isms" are incompatible with lasting knowledge WHAT is the best way to introduce young people to literature? Is it to reveal to them the joy of reading great writing, and how themes and plots developed even centuries ago can be an anchor for their lives in the modern world? Or is it to treat every work as a "text" no better than any other, dissect them all ruthlessly and examine the entrails for political, sexual and racial bias? This debate has flared up again this week, sparked both by John Howard's comments on the "gobbledegook" taught in Australian English...
  • the question of humanities past,present and future has being avoided too long..........

    08/02/2005 7:07:04 AM PDT · by makumi · 24 replies · 398+ views
    with the onset of the internet the abundance of information, it is unbelievable that a hazy and different picture of the past that challenges all our cultures and belief is being unveild while the world continues relentlessly into chaos and extremism. there just to many fights for the common man in every daylife. the question of our past present and futures needs to be discussed openly with open minds.
  • Toilet Papers: The Gendered Construction of Public Toilets (Academia at Work)

    05/31/2005 2:23:22 PM PDT · by TFFKAMM · 40 replies · 1,031+ views
    H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences ^ | 5/31/05 | Olga Gershenson & Barbara Penner
    Call for Papers Toilet Papers: The Gendered Construction of Public Toilets Editors: Olga Gershenson (University of Massachusetts-Amherst) Barbara Penner (University College-London) "You know what they say about men who hang around women's lavatories. They're asking to have their illusions shattered." - Georgina to Albert, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover We invite contributions for the edited collection Toilet Papers: The Gendered Construction of Public Toilets. Public toilets are amenities with a functional, even a civic, purpose. Yet they also act as the unconscious of public spaces. They can be a haven: a place to regain composure,...
  • FROM ANCIENT WHITE MALES-(revitalizing classical studies critical to combatting liberal revisionism)

    05/19/2005 10:56:07 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 38 replies · 1,072+ views
    WASHINGTON TIMES.COM ^ | MAY 19, 2005 | SUZANNE FIELDS
    Like Rodney Dangerfield, the humanities in Washington "don't get no respect." Not as much as they should, anyway. We're a company town and the company makes politics. But like a blind squirrel who finds an acorn once in a while, politicians and the journalists gather occasionally with others who crave more profundity than the noise in political rhetoric to listen to the annual >Jefferson Lecture. "The training of the intellect was meant to produce an intrinsic pleasure and satisfaction but it also had practical goals of importance to the individual and the entire community, to make the humanistically trained individuals...
  • PRESIDENT BUSH AWARDS 2004 NATIONAL HUMANITIES MEDALS

    11/19/2004 6:45:43 PM PST · by Republicanprofessor · 2 replies · 258+ views
    National Endowment for the Humanities ^ | 11/17/04 | National Endowment for the Humanities
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 17, 2004) -- President George W. Bush awarded the 2004 National Humanities Medal today to seven distinguished Americans and one historical society for their contributions to the humanities. At a White House ceremony, the President presented National Humanities Medals to Marva Collins, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Hilton Kramer, Madeleine L'Engle, Harvey Mansfield, John Searle, Shelby Steele, and the United States Capitol Historical Society. The National Humanities Medal, first awarded in 1989 as the Charles Frankel Prize, honors individuals and organizations whose work has deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities, broadened citizens' engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve...
  • Government Grants for JAZZ music and Curriculum Developers

    07/30/2004 9:42:27 PM PDT · by goodnesswins · 11 replies · 639+ views
    search on yahoo ^ | 7/30/04 | government your taxes
    Hey....any Jazz musicians or Teachers who do curriculum development for Humanities need money???? The government has some for you in the way of grants from about $200,000 - $370,000+ .....READ THEM BELOW NEA JAZZ MASTERS ON TOUR ________________________________________ ________________________________________ General Information Document Type: Grants Notice Funding Opportunity Number: PS 04-05 Posted Date: Jul 28, 2004 Original Due Date for Applications: Aug 30, 2004 Current Due Date for Applications: Aug 30, 2004 Archive Date: Sep 29, 2004 Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement Category of Funding Activity: Arts (see "Cultural Affairs" in CFDA) Expected Number of Awards: 2 Estimated Total Program Funding:...
  • Thoughts of an Invisible Adjunct--Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be grad students...

    04/29/2004 2:09:20 PM PDT · by Mamzelle · 19 replies · 155+ views
    The Chronicle of Higher Education ^ | 4/30/04 | Scott Smallwood and "anonymous"
    Disappearing Act The Invisible Adjunct shuts down her popular Weblog and says goodbye to academe By SCOTT SMALLWOOD Through the blurry glass of the classroom door, a professor can be seen at the front of the room. It is a woman, but the thick window obscures any clues about how old she is or how tall or what color hair she might have. Maybe brown. She's the Invisible Adjunct. Or at least, she used to be. After five years of being an adjunct and a year after starting one of the most popular academic Weblogs, she is giving up and...
  • Grand Blanc considers adding Bible, creationism to curriculum

    02/10/2004 7:38:38 PM PST · by yonif · 6 replies · 205+ views
    mLive ^ | February 09, 2004 | Bob Wheaton
    Grand Blanc - Creationism and the Bible would be taught in Grand Blanc public schools under separate proposals that school officials said they will consider. Superintendent Gary Lipe also has approached other Genesee County school chiefs to ask them to consider jointly offering an online course on the Bible as literature or history. Lipe and other school officials said it's possible to teach about the religious topics in a nonreligious way, but a spokeswoman for the ACLU said it would likely challenge the school district in court. "We know the Bible cannot be taught as theology in public schools," Lipe...
  • The Sermon by the Sea

    01/09/2004 9:00:50 PM PST · by TBP · 18 replies · 785+ views
    Religious Science (Science of Mind) | 1959 | Dr. Ernest Holmes
    In his final "Sermon By the Sea" given in 1959 at Asilomar, California, Ernest Holmes shared with us his vision of the outcome of global well-being, the human species and Earth transformed by the consciousness that he had articulated as Science of Mind. His Sermon is a prescription for planetary resurrection, a prophetic, millennial assertion of the role of Religious Science in bringing about the world's rebirth: [Science of Mind] is the most direct impartation of Divine Wisdom that has ever come to the world, because it incorporates the precepts of Jesus, and Emerson, and Buddha, and all the rest...
  • Oh, The Humanity!

    11/24/2003 8:19:59 PM PST · by forty_years · 2 replies · 217+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | November 24, 2003 | Donnel Jones
    Somewhat sentimentally, Bruce Cole, chairman of the National Endowment of the Humanities, states the obvious in an editoral for the Wall Street Journal: the study of the humanities has gone to hell in a hand basket. It has been said that the erosion of freedom comes from three sources: from without, from within and from the passing of time. Though not as visible as marching armies, the injuries of time lead to the same outcome: a surrender of American ideals. Abraham Lincoln warned of this "silent artillery"--the fading memory of what we believe as Americans and why. And this loss...
  • MIDGE DECTER'S DESERVED HONORS

    11/14/2003 6:07:49 AM PST · by OESY · 2 replies · 176+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 14, 2003 | Editorial
    <p>This year's recipients of the National Medal for the Humanities, who will be honored today by President Bush at a White House reception, are a distinguished lot.</p> <p>But we're particularly pleased to note the inclusion of author-essayist Midge Decter among those getting the nation's highest acknowledgment of the contributions of scholars and writers.</p>
  • America's arts in crisis as hard-up states threaten to suspend all funding

    02/25/2003 10:28:00 AM PST · by 69ConvertibleFirebird · 54 replies · 366+ views
    Independent.co.uk News ^ | 25 February 2003 | David Usborne
    America's arts in crisis as hard-up states threaten to suspend all funding By David Usborne in New York 25 February 2003 Culture inthe United States is in acute crisis as state governments across the country ponder eliminating funding for the arts entirely to help to bridge some of the worst budget deficits in decades.To the abject dismay of many arts advocates, at least three states have put forward plans to suspend all funding for cultural organisations for the foreseeable future. The first state to take such drastic action is likely to be Arizona.The extraordinary measures threaten to strangle cultural institutions...
  • Jimmy Carter offers to mediate peace talks between Israel and Palestinians...

    12/12/2002 12:09:33 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 116 replies · 399+ views
    Jimmy Carter offers to mediate peace talks between Israel and Palestinians... developing...