Humanities, Plain & Simple

Directed by Christine Henseler, The Humanities, Plain & Simple is a special 4Humanities Project. It is a comprehensive and targeted campaign that calls out to individuals and groups inside and outside of academia to write statements in “plain language” as to why the Humanities matter. How has Humanities-based thinking directly or indirectly altered or innovated strategies, ideas, research, leadership, learning? The statements will be published on the 4Humanities site and/or in mainstream print publications or digital media sites. The pieces may be of a serious or sarcastic nature; they may be of a few short paragraphs or of several pages; they may address the effects of a particular experience or talk about the Humanities as a whole. The only request is for writers to communicate in the language of everyday life, to address a general audience, and to refer to real-world situations.

We highly welcome the work of individuals from inside and outside of academia, and from inside and outside of the Humanities. We are also interested in putting together teams from a variety of backgrounds to write and edit longer essays targeted to specific audiences. If you are interested in this initiative, or would like to submit advocacy statements, please send them to Christine Henseler ( The material will be evaluated by the 4Humanities Collective for possible publication and dissemination. All accepted pieces will be posted on the 4Humanities website.

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  1. This is such a wonderful idea! I have learned post-grad just how much jargon can isolate the Humanities from acceptance and understanding of non-academics. Since the messages and skills from the Humanities are so important, it’s an important challenge to condense them into accessible text!

    I will be submitting!


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