September 15th, 2014
For humanities departments in the United States that are still struggling with the lingering effects of the 2008 recession, no news may be the best news.
Despite continuing debates about the decline of the humanities, a report last Monday showed that some of the oldest academic disciplines had survived and even prospered in the face of the recession years, when many colleges faced budget cuts and calls to revamp their curriculums.
The report, released by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, stemmed from a survey of humanities programs in 13 disciplines. “We expected there would be more change,” said Robert B. Townsend, director of the academy’s office in Washington. “That was one of the surprises coming out of this report.”