Humanities at the Crossroads was a national initiative to better understand the status and future of the academic and public humanities in American life, and to research the variety of ways the humanities have been practiced, transformed, supported, evaluated and justified over the past 50 years.
As part of that initiative, Indiana Humanities conducted a case study of Indiana’s humanities “ecosystem.”
As noted in the report, the humanities are at a crossroads in America. In many places, funding is down, constituencies are aging and humanities organizations struggle to assert their purpose and claim a place in important civic conversations.
While challenges in Indiana are consistent with these national trends, the Indiana case study suggests that the Hoosier State’s humanities organizations are optimistic about the health and vitality of the humanities in their counties, prepared to convene civic conversations and willing to collaborate.
Nearly 400 people from 88 counties in Indiana completed a survey in late summer and early fall of 2013 for the project.
Partners and Funders
- Carnegie Corporation
- Lilly Endowment Inc.
- MacArthur Foundation
- National Endowment for the Humanities
- DePauw University
- CIRCLE at Tufts University