Friday Pearl

Are We Turning Our Backs on Liberal Arts and Humanities?

Sunday, August 05, 2018


Today's Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities asks a question near and dear to our hearts: Is the United States turning its back on the humanities. The evidence could seem real to some, given declining enrollments in the studies of arts, history, literature, language, and philosophy at colleges and universities across the country.

Declining enrollments preface limited budgets for broad areas of inquiry as the promise of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curricula woos students to jobs and career paths. Is this a crisis in our culture? Do we need to mobilize to rescue the humanities before it's too late?
 
The delightful conversation in the video above explores the dilemma: Can the liberal arts and humanities survive and flourish in an age of reverence for technology and quantification?

Are practicality and best practices all a society needs?

Can we prepare our citizens for democracy absent an appreciation of history and the ideas that shape it? Has a decent and rational society ever come into being without humanistic habits of reflection? How do we reinstate the humanities as the heart of an educated society?

The speakers:
 
Drew Gilpin Faust - The 28th president of Harvard University and the Lincoln Professor of History in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Leon Wieseltier - Contributing Editor, The Atlantic.

Have a pleasant and thoughtful Sunday morning. 
 
Ellen Troyer with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff

Biosynx strongly believes that appreciation, exploration and commitment to science, art, music and humanities add significantly to the global greater good and are important parts of the intellectual whole.