Monday, April 13, 2015

For the Humanities, Some Good News Is Mixed With the Bad

The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 13th, 2015

In an otherwise grim picture of the field of humanities, there are still a few bright spots: Financial support for academic research in the humanities, which is typically dwarfed by spending to support other fields, has increased in recent years, and there are signs of rising interest in the humanities at the high-school and community-college levels.
Those are some of the findings in a report released on Monday by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The report takes the temperature of the humanities in higher education and doesn’t come to any sweeping conclusions, said Robert B. Townsend, director of the academy’s office in Washington. Instead, it’s meant to provide a more-complete picture of the humanities at a time when they are often portrayed as "beleaguered and declining," the report says.

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