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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(Danielle Taschereau Mamers - JHI Postdoctoral Fellow, 2018-19, The Conversation ) -- Historical photo of mountain of bison skulls documents animals on the brink of extinction

We are living through a period of unprecedented species extinction due to human-induced changes to the planet’s ecosystems. This is not the first time human activities radically changed relationships between land and life. Illustrated by a famous photograph of remains, the extermination of bison from the North American West in the 19th century is one key example of catastrophic species loss.

(Robyn Autry - JHI's Visiting Public Humanities Faculty Fellow, 2020-21, Aeon ) -- Sociology’s race problem

Urban ethnographers do more harm than good in speaking for Black communities. They see only suffering, not diversity or joy.

(Melissa J. Gismondi, - JHI's New Media and Public Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow 2020-21, The Walrus ) -- You Can’t Run Away from Homesickness

At a time when the very planet we live on is transforming into an unfamiliar place, our sense of home—and what it means to miss it—may be challenged at its core.