Published this summer, The Heart of the Matter is a report of the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences and was requested by Congress. The report was “intended to advance a dialogue on the importance of the humanities and social sciences to the future of our nation.” And, judging by the media attention it has generated, it has.
For example, Dr. Richard Brodhead (president of Duke University and co-chair of the report) chats about why English majors and engineers need a healthy dose of the humanities on The Colbert Report’s Aug. 15 show, and a number of news organizations wrote articles and opined about the state of the humanities.
For additional reading, check out these articles and opinion pieces:
August 21, 2013 – The Root DC, The Washington Post
The Smartest Summer Ever: Full STEAM Ahead!
August 19, 2013 – Zócalo Public SquareThe Humanities Aren’t as Dead As You Think
July 30, 2013 – Views, Inside Higher Ed
Humanities as Spectacle
July 28, 2013 – Chicago Tribune If you could pick a major now, what would it be?
June 20, 2013 – The New York Times
David Brooks: The Humanist Vocation
June 20, 2013 – Los Angeles Times
James Cuno: The soft sciences matter as much as ever
June 19, 2013 – Time
Annette Gordon-Reed: Critics of the Liberal Arts Are Wrong
June 19, 2013 – Miami Herald
Donna Shalala & Eduardo Padrón: Humanities, social sciences for a vibrant competitive, secure nation
June 18, 2013 – USA Today
Norman Augustine & David Skorton: Humanities, social sciences critical to our future