Humanities in the News

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

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(Gayatri Kumar, U of T School of Graduate Studies Gradschool E-News ) -- PhD student wins 2021 Three Minute Thesis final for work on rhetoric in 13th century Persian literature

What do short stories from medieval Persian literature teach us about political discourse today? Faraz Alidina can tell you, and in under three minutes. The third-year PhD student from the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations won the 2021 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition last week for his research on the works of 13th century Persian poet Farid al-Din Attar.

(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.