4Humanities is starting a reference list of publications on the idea, history, role, or other dimensions of “the humanities” and such related concepts as “liberal arts.” Currently early in its evolution, the list will grow over time. (Go to the reference list)
Earlier in 2016, UCSB (University of California, Santa Barbara) Political Science major and English minor Austin Yack examined United States political discourse from 2009 to 2015 in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government and also the legislative branch of California (the state with the greatest population) to study how politicians talk about the humanities.
Now, soon after graduating , Austin has extended his study to the next two most populous states in the U. S.: Texas and Florida. In his new white paper, “The Humanities in the Eyes of Texas and Florida Politicians,” he studies the actions of the Texas and Florida state legislatures during 2009 to 2015 on the humanities.
One finding is that in these years politicians in Texas and Florida were more active in substantively boosting the humanities than their California peers, who primarily just issued symbolic “resolutions” recognizing the humanities.
Arts and Humanities: Don’t Leave School Without Them. This is not the advice most often heard among high school or 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?
Humanities Watch, a new humanities advocacy site, explores how the humanities influence business, healthcare, science and technology. It poses questions, seeking to explore the broad impact of the humanities in our world. I caught up with Timothy Kircher, Founder and Editor of Humanities Watch over email to ask him some questions about the site.
4Humanities is proud to announce the winners for its “Shout Out for the Humanities” student prize contest. Congratulations on the winners and to the honorable mentions. Thanks also to all the other students and teams who made submissions, many of which were inspiring, creative, eloquent, and moving. Over the coming weeks and months, 4Humanities will showcase and publicize the submissions of the contest winners, honorable mentions, and selected other submissions. See press release. (Go to full descriptions and links for Undergraduate winners | Graduate-student winners)
Undergraduate Winners & Honorable Mentions
- 1st Prize Winner: Undergraduate Team of The Gail Project — “Do You Have a Passport?” (essay)
- 2nd Prize Winner: CharLynne Cather — “A Letter to Future Generations” (epistolary essay)
- 3rd Prize Winner: Sarah Boyko — “Spoons for Our Soup” (essay)
- Honorable Mention: Amy Bareham — “Your Story and You: A Defense of Storytelling and Humanity” (essay)
- Honorable Mention: Amelia Poole — “Why I Study the Humanities, and Why Finding a Job Doesn’t Scare Me” (essay)
Graduate Student Winners & Honorable Mentions
- 1st Prize Winner: André Lynch — “Facts of Humanities” (video, music, and lyrics)
- 2nd Prize Winner: Floris Solleveld — “Was There Ever Not a Crisis in the Humanities?” (essay)
- 3rd Prize Winner: Jesper Skytte Sodemann — “Verbalized Humanities: Should I stay or Should I Go?” (essay)
- Honorable Mention: Whitney Laycock — “Chile the Country, Not the Food” (essay)
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 addressed this question, and explored the hidden, essential value of the Arts and Humanities to our contemporary society.
This edited volume seeks to shift national conversations about the “crisis” in the arts and humanities to one that bespeaks of “rise” and “renaissance.” Toward this goal, writers are encouraged to portrait thinkers and doers of our time (in the US)—individuals, groups, organizations, businesses, and fields not traditionally associated with the arts and humanities, like science and mathematics—who are transforming the way we think, live, and work. Who are they? How do they apply artistic or humanistic principles? And what extraordinary partnerships are allowing them to challenge assumptions, ask new or revised questions, disrupt old practices and ways of thinking, and create alternative paths, structures, and opportunities?