As we head into the Thanksgiving season, let us be thankful for the faculty, staff, and students who inspire ah-ha moments, and let us all recommit ourselves to being receptive to these transformational opportunities.
The New York Times October 31 front-page story, “Interest in the Humanities Fading, Colleges Worry,” made some valid points, but gave short shrift to the purpose, health, and value of humanities in higher education. So I wrote a letter to the editor.
Political discourse at its best involves an exchange of ideas and an attempt to understand different points of view. For this to happen, people need to articulate their ideas and listen to the ideas of others.
A recent study shows that reading literary fiction cultivates in readers the ability to imagine the interior lives of complex people. It also underscores the importance of the humanities in general in cultivating understanding of others and empathy.