Liberal Education, Winter 2010

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The Humanities

This issue features the changing role of the humanities in today's academy. It includes articles about the centrality of the arts within the humanities, new data tracking the humanities in both K-12 and higher education, and contemporary challenges faced by those who teach and care about the humanities. Authors present various approaches to making the case for the continued importance of the humanities both for economic success and democratic vitality.

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President's Message

By Carol Geary Schneider
We still have a very long way to go to help all college students embrace, achieve, and demonstrate high levels of accomplishment on the essential learning they need. Moreover, we are now facing a new crop of faux reforms that, if adopted, would send us backward.

From 1818 R Street, NW

By David Tritelli

Featured Topic

By Dan Edelstein
By providing students with the best opportunities for learning how to innovate, the humanities play a determining role in producing the entrepreneurs, engineers, and designers that make the American economy so productive.

David Barry offers advice on teaching the humanities at a community college; Gerald Graff examines how the traditional organization of universities undermines student learning; and Cary Nelson considers the effects on the humanities of the increasing reliance on contingent faculty.


By the University of Wisconsin–Madison Convergence Group
To effect institutional change, an informal, self-convened group of administrators and faculty leveraged convergences such as that between the University of Wisconsin System’s ongoing efforts to promote liberal education and AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise initiative.

My view

By Bill Spellman
Just as we have come to dispute the notion that liberal education is only achieved through studies in the arts and sciences, it is time to enlarge our understanding of the liberal arts college to include the public sector.

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