AAC&U Marks Transition at The New Republic as Potential Loss for Liberal Arts

AAC&U Marks Transition at The New Republic as Potential Loss for Liberal Arts

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 08:00

With the recent and abrupt resignation of most of the editorial leadership of the renowned publication, The New Republic, AAC&U notes and honors the special role that this publication has played, not just in policy discourse, but in exploring, analyzing, and debating issues informed by and central to the liberal arts.  As Ross Douthat pointed out in his December 7th New York Times column, “The New Republic as-it-was, the magazine I and others grew up reading, was emphatically not just a “policy magazine.” It was, instead, a publication that deliberately integrated its policy writing with often-extraordinary coverage of literature, philosophy, history, religion, music, fine art. It wasn’t just a liberal magazine, in other words; it was a liberal-arts magazine, which unlike many of today’s online ventures never left its readers with the delusion that literary style or intellectual ambition were of secondary importance, or that today’s fashions represented permanent truths.”  AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider noted that “we still need publications that take seriously the issue of substantive policy debates and the ways in which those debates and our civic culture need a platform for exploring history, political science, literature, and the arts.  I sincerely hope that, in our new digital age, we do not lose these kinds of publications.”