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.

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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(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.

(Robyn Autry - JHI's Visiting Public Humanities Faculty Fellow, 2020-21, NBC Think - News, Opinion, Analysis ) -- Trump's election circus is over. Is Trump TV next for America's reality star president?

The majority of America is ready to tune Trump out in 2021. But he still has millions of fans eagerly awaiting a new MAGA "season," whether it’s filmed at the White House or not.

(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.