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:

  • lead to jobs;
  • nurture democracy, and;
  • benefit society.

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11 January 2019 (Sydney Johnson, EdSurge) University Data Science Programs Turn to Ethics and the Humanities

“Computer science has been trying to catch up with the ethical implications of what they are already doing… Data science has this built in from the start, and you’re not trying to retrofit something to insert ethics—it's making it a part of the design principle.”

7 January 2019 (Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes Magazine) Whither The Humanities: The Ten-Year Trend in College Majors

"The humanities are struggling. Fewer graduates are majoring in English, history, foreign language, or liberal arts now versus ten years ago… As more students opt for occupationally linked majors, the role of the humanities and social sciences in the curriculum must be protected."

1 April 2019 (Amanda Ruggeri, BBC WorkLife) Why Worthless Humanities Degrees May Set You Up for Life

"Take law. In the US, an undergraduate student who took the seemingly most direct route to becoming a lawyer, judge or magistrate – majoring in a pre-law or legal studies degree – can expect to earn an average of $94,000 a year. But those who majored in philosophy or religious studies make an average of $110,000. Graduates who studied area, ethnic and civilisations studies earn $124,000, US history majors earn $143,000 and those who studied foreign languages earn $148,000, a stunning $54,000 a year above their pre-law counterparts."

The UK government wants more students to study science subjects – but employers want humanities graduates too

(Robyn Autry - JHI's Visiting Public Humanities Faculty Fellow, 2020-21, NBC Think - News, Opinion, Analysis ) -- U.S. Open women's final features Naomi Osaka's masks, Black hair and a bold cultural statement

Naomi Osaka’s hair doesn’t impact her 120 mph serve or powerful baseline play. But it does impact how she is perceived in the bright, white tennis world.

(Robyn Autry - JHI's Visiting Public Humanities Faculty Fellow, 2020-21, NBC Think - News, Opinion, Analysis ) -- Jessica Krug, Rachel Dolezal and America's white women who want to be Black

Before we move on to the next spectacle, we should consider what about our society produces and craves such imposters while ignoring more complex portrayals of Blackness.