Humanities in the News

Humanities in the News is a curated newsfeed about university study of the humanities.

And the news is, it’s not all bad news.

Degrees in the humanities:

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  • nurture democracy, and;
  • benefit society.

We all face new challenges in a global economy; this section is for news, voices, and commentary about how the humanities are responding.

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(Melissa J. Gismondi - JHI's New Media and Public Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow 2020, The Toronto Star ) -- Will Trump be remembered as the worst U.S. president? That depends on how we treat disinformation

The question we ought to be asking ourselves about the future is not will Trump be remembered as the worst president in U.S. history. The question is will the fact that 47 per cent of Americans believed that Trump will be remembered as the worst president in U.S. history be accepted and perhaps more importantly, chronicled.

(Robyn Autry - JHI's Visiting Public Humanities Faculty Fellow, 2020-21, NBC Think - News, Opinion, Analysis ) -- Trump's '1776 Commission' tried to rewrite U.S. history. Biden had other ideas.

The now-dead report is easy to dismiss as propaganda. But it also helps explain why conservatives seem so anxious about how Americans define democracy.

(Daniel McNeil - Visiting Public Humanities Faculty Fellow 2019-20, The Conversation ) -- Post-inauguration, restoring the soul of Biden’s America must be truly inclusive

Getting individual people of colour into powerful positions should be a means to tackle structural inequalities, not a goal in and of itself.