The Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / La Société pour l’Étude des Médias Interactifs (SDH/SEMI) has joined 4Humanities as an affiliated organization. SDH/SEMI is the premiere digital humanities academic society in Canada.
The philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum has published a short book titled, Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities.. Princeton University Press has made the first chapter available as a PDF where she sets out the crisis, Radical changes are occurring in what democratic societies teach the young, and these changes have not been well […]
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has called for a A New Humanism for the 21st Century. This text calls for a humanism that sees the importance of communication, culture and community to building a better societies. She quotes Pico della Mirandola (Italian Renaissance Humanist) to the effect that we are shapers of our own […]
DEFEND the ARTS and HUMANITIES is another campaign started in the UK by Arts and Humanities academics. The campaign started as a Facebook group. They have developed a set of positions in answer to the question “Why Defend the Arts and Humanities?” The Arts and Humanities are useful The Arts and Humanities promote a just […]
Humanities and Social Sciences Matter is a “campaign to promote and defend world-leading humanities and social science teaching and research in UK universities.” They are running a petition at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/humanitiesmatter/ and have posts summarizing and linking to ideas and events. We believe in Higher Education teaching that is informed by the highest quality research, that […]
The New York Times has a nice feature called Room for Debate where a number of pundits write short opinion pieces on a subject. In October debaters like Martha Nussbaum takled the question, Do Colleges Need French Departments?. This debate was in response to the State University of New York at Albany cancelling a bunch […]
Students are protesting tuition fees around the world. The Guardian reports on the third day of tuition fee hike protests in the UK, Student protesters ignore winter freeze with mass rallies against tuition fees. In Italy students protested the proposed education reforms in more than one city, and in California The New York Times reports […]