Posts from "February, 2015"

NYT Op-Ed on “Transformative Education”

In a recent Op-Ed New York Times columnist, Frank Bruni, recalls a defining moment from his undergraduate experience in order to take on the reductive thinking that equates college with the need to meet “work force needs.” Bruni recalls a specific lecture on King Lear at the University of North Carolina as “the steppingstone to a more aware, thoughtful existence.” While he acknowledges the need for accountability in higher education, he insists on the impossibility of placing “a dollar value on a nimble, adaptable intellect, which isn’t the fruit
of any specific course of study and may be the best tool for an economy
and a job market that change unpredictably.”

See the link below for the full column.

Bruni on “College’s Priceless Value”

*Thanks to Nick Mason for the reference.

The NEH launches “Common Good” Initiative

National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman, William Adams, recently announced a new grant funding initiative called “The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.” While “public humanities” efforts have long been a priority for colleges and humanities centers across the country, the NEH investment represents a significant milestone in debates over how to value liberal arts education.

Follow the link below for the article from Inside Higher Ed that offers details on the initiative and considers some of its political implications.

“Humanities for America”

*Thanks to Braden Bolton for the link.