In the democracy of ancient Athens and the republic of ancient Rome, freedom was only for the few. Slaves, servants, and women had to toil so that free men could cultivate their minds, participate in the government, and enjoy the highest goods of human life—in short, so they could learn and practice the liberal arts.
One effective way humanities departments can engage with growing discussions on the “crisis of the humanities” is by transparently communicating what they do. Professors in the humanities at Drury University are doing that by explaining the importance of their disparate projects through video clips called “HumCasts.”
Cartoon characters Libby and Art are now defending the humanities on Twitter @SmartColleges against complaints that humanities degrees do not offer stable employment. “Libby” is an auburn-haired student who juggles several books and a backpack slung to one shoulder and Art is a college counselor who wears framed glasses and a tweed jacket with elbow patches.
The New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium has developed a new initiative in the arts and humanities called the New York Six Think Tank: Advocating for the Arts and Humanities.
There are not many places that build a community among strangers. Libros Schmibros’s bicycle libraries, however, aim to do that with handfuls of books on wheels.
“Students: Study the Humanities” — a short video produced by the Student Advocates for the Future of the Humanities group (StuHum): An affiliate of 4Humanities, StuHum is a student-led group whose mission includes “reaching out to other students using social media, short video and articles” in order to “communicate the importance of the humanities in […]
On Thursday, July 17th, the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities will host a lecture by Professor Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, titled “Ukiyo-e to Emoji: Museums in the Digital Age.” The event is free and open to all, although the organizers suggest you register to guarantee you get a seat and […]