The Health of the Humanities

May 16, 2010

An alumnus sends me a link to a Wall Street Journal op ed piece about the importance of the liberal arts, and especially the Humanities, and about the current low regard in which the Humanities are held.

I often receive such e-mails from this alumnus; they are almost always suggestions that I read something from the Wall Street Journal editorial page.

I write back about my time at Effat University, a place where the liberal arts and sciences have a fresh, breath-taking urgency.  And I write that I am now in Greece under the shadow of the Parthenon, trodding the ground that Socrates walked, soon to be joined by twenty Earlham students who will have the same experience.  I assure my friend, this Earlham alumnus, that there are places where the Humanities and the liberal arts and sciences are alive and well.

Often, but not today, I encourage this alumnus to read more broadly than just the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal, which are worth reading, but are not all that one should read.

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About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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