4Humanities is a platform for advocacy of the humanities that draws on the expertise of the international digital humanities community. Digital methods now play a key role in showing why the humanities must be part of any vision of a future society. Viewpoints and projects presented by 4Humanities and its local chapters—statements, videos, infographics, resources, etc.—use today’s means to shout out for the humanities. (More on our mission…)
A few weeks ago, I opened The Atlantic to read an article about Al Gore’s venture called The Generation Investment Management firm. What I liked about this company’s mission was the extent to which it promoted a long term and socially responsible investment approach that could also lead to increased profits in dollars and cents. Instead of disconnecting “doing the right thing” from “making money,” they believed that a company’s portfolio could include both health and wealth.
Arts and Humanities: Don’t Leave School Without Them. This is not the advice most-often heard among college students. We all know not to leave school without a plan, a skill-set, a career path, but without the Arts and Humanities? Why not? This half-day, interactive conference and workshop addresses this question, and explores the hidden, essential value of the Arts and Humanities to our contemporary society.
4Humanities.org collected multilingual keywords and Twitter hashtags for paid social-media campaigns on Twitter and Facebook to promote its Shout Out For the Humanities student prize contest in 2016. In the case of Twitter, promoted campaigns place specific tweets in the timelines and also search results of people in nations and demographic sectors selected for the campaign who either follow or search for those particular keywords/hashtags. In the case of Facebook, promoted campaigns place ads in the view of Facebook users similarly targeted by nation, demographic sector, interests, and so on.
Because these keywords/hashtags may be of use to others engaged in social-media advocacy for the humanities, 4Humanities is posting them as a resource. We will update the list with new languages and terms as suggested to us. (We hope to extend this list to other languages and terms. Suggestions for keywords/hashtags in any language may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
As part of its “WhatEvery1Says” project to study how the humanities are represented in public discourse, 4Humanities examined United States political discourse during 2009 to 2015 in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government and also the legislative branch of one state (California). Our goal was to learn systematically how politicians talk about the humanities.
Researcher and analyst Austin Yack — a student at University of California, Santa Barbara majoring in political science and minoring in English who has intern experience reporting on politics in Washington, D.C. — canvassed records available through the following government sources: Whitehouse.gov, Congress.gov, Gpo.gov (Government Publishing Office), and Legistature.ca.gov.
The data set he collected from these sources are presented in the form of spreadsheets that include metadata and annotated summaries for all political records referring to the humanities between 2009 and 2015. Accompanying the data set is a white paper by Yack (“What U.S. Politicians Say About the Humanities”: HTML | PDF) containing an analysis of his findings.
Dr. Sayan Bhattacharyya, from the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ran a Creativity Workshop for the Shout Out for the Humanities Student Contest. He wrote about his thoughts on the contest in a blog post.
The University of Pittsburgh is in the midst of celebrating the Year of the Humanities in the University—an initiative designed to highlight the important role that humanistic thinking plays in research and education across the University and beyond. The Year, which was created and supported by Provost Patricia Beeson, has been guided by a committee of faculty members from across the University and supported by matching funds from the Office of the Provost. The amount of funds Provost Beeson has allocated to support the Year—beginning at $100,000 and growing to more than $300,000—has demonstrated a substantial level of institutional enthusiasm and support for the humanities at Pitt.