On the role of the humanities in higher education

(So much for my promise in the last day of 2007 to post here more often… But I still intend to do it, and I might as well start today with the following.)

This article by Mark Liberman made me think about the humanities in Universities today. Yes, even more than the hoopla from Apple, whose keynote I did peruse online when it was reasonably complete. Liberman’s article, and the two NY Times blog posts by Stanley Fish it links to, are thoughtful explorations of the justification for teaching humanities in higher education. It is hard for me to imagine writing on this topic more clearly or incisively than Liberman or Fish, so I will not try. Instead, I will recommend them highly to you, o readers, and will return to the work I interrupted to write this post.