Posts from "July, 2015"

How a Liberal Arts Degree Became “Tech’s Hottest Ticket”

A recent issue of Forbes surveys an array of companies in the high tech sector that are discovering how “liberal arts thinking makes them stronger.” The article also challenges conventional thinking on labor statistics which has prioritized narrow technical training as the best professional preparation. As technical skills become more easily automated, industries such as software are placing a premium on a non-technical talent field.

The full article is linked below.*


*Thanks to Kristin Matthews for the reference.

Top Medical School Calling for “Well-Rounded Humanists”

A recent NPR story highlights efforts by Mt. Sinai School of Medicine to attract humanities majors.

Mt. Sinai’s HuMed program addresses the problem of an overly homogenous student body consisting of students from narrowly-defined science backgrounds. Lack of diversity in education and interests, known as “pre-med syndrome,” actually produces less effective doctors.

According to Mt. Sinai’s dean of medical education “Science is the foundation of an excellent medical education, but a well-rounded humanist is best suited to make the most of that education.” Since beginning the program in 1987, Mt. Sinai’s humanities graduates have been just as successful as other students in the medical coursework.

The link below connects to NPR’s written and audio versions of the story.


The Digital Convergence of the Sciences and Humanities

Brown University professor Elias Muhanna offers an account of how a digital humanities project with a cross-disciplinary focusĀ  altered his relationship to his work. He draws upon this experience to generalize about the role of digital scholarship in the future of the Humanities.

Muhanna’s piece appeared in The New Yorker linked below.*
Hacking the Humanities


*Thanks to Melinda Semadeni for the link.