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?
Thanks to all the students who submitted entries for the 4Humanities.org “Shout Out for the Humanities” prize contest, and thanks for their patience in awaiting results! While it took longer than 4humanities expected, the contest judges are now almost done with their second, final round of evaluations of the submissions. 4Humanities will be able to announce the winners by the first week of June 2016.
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.