August 27, 2013
The Heart of the Matter

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.


Stephen Colbert gives the humanities a “Colbert bump” during a chat with Dr. Richard Brodhead.


Read the full report.
Read the executive summary.

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


Watch a video produced by the commission featuring actor John Lithgow and producer, writer and director George Lucas.

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

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