Literature, philosophy, and history enrich our lives by allowing us to tell our stories, connect with one another, and make sense of our world. These subjects teach us how to think: to analyze language critically, to use evidence to make arguments, and to navigate an increasingly connected world. Not only are these the skills in demand in the workforce, but they make for a vibrant society. Here we put a spotlight on stories that show how the humanities touch our lives: from one professor’s take on how controversial readings can spark eye-opening conversations to recent scientific discoveries on how language learning shapes our brains.
“The arts and humanities define who we are as a people. That is their power—to remind us of what we each have to offer, and what we all have in common.”
“The sciences are the how, and the humanities are the why. Why are we here, why do we believe in the things we believe in?”
“A knowledge of and appreciation of the humanities in general helps contribute to good citizenship.”
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