Austin Yack, “The Humanities in the Eyes of Texas and Florida Politicians”

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.

Austin presents his results in his white paper and accompanying dataset.

An Interview with Dr. Timothy Kircher of Humanities Watch, a new humanities advocacy site

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.

Collage of "Shout Out for the Humanities" 1st Prize Winners

Winners of the 4Humanities Student Prize Contest

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


Graduate Student Winners & Honorable Mentions

Reflection of NY6 Event, “Don’t Leave School Without It: Millennial Innovators Speak For the Role of the Arts & Humanities in the Transformation of Society

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.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Welcoming students, community members, scholars, and professionals from all fields and disciplines

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?