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Educated political prisoners drew on rich inner resources to preserve their sanity and their spirits. They used their knowledge to help their fellow inmates survive as well. Their experiences reveal what the attack on the humanities really is. It is an attack on the ability to think, criticize, and endure in crisis, and its virulence betrays how vital the liberal arts are. The political rhetoric against the humanities exposes what is most important in our education, even as it attempts to destroy it.
So writes Romanian medieval literature professor Irina Dumitrescu. Read her entire piece here at the Zocalo Public Square: “Frivolous” Humanities Helped Prisoners Survive in Communist Romania – Nexus – Zócalo Public Square
Professor Randy Boyagoda argues for a different perspective in higher education:
[W]e need to move from an elite First World presumption that you’re either religious or you’re not, with all the stereotypical assumptions that flow from those positions, to a situation in which more and more people are confident and capable in being both religiously serious and thoughtfully secular.
Find his entire piece here, and see what you think: Religiously Serious, Thoughtfully Secular – The Chronicle of Higher Education
When Larycia Hawkins, the first black woman to receive tenure at Wheaton College, made a symbolic gesture of support for Muslims, the evangelical college became divided over what intellectual freedom on its campus really meant. See what journalist Ruth Graham (a Wheaton graduate, but not related to Billy Graham) has found out about the aftermath of things for Hawkins and Wheaton here: The Professor Wore a Hijab in Solidarity — Then Lost Her Job – The New York Times
History isn’t a ‘useless’ major. It teaches critical thinking, something America needs plenty more of30 May
James Grossman of the American Historical Association has a few words to the wise about “using” history …
This is a troubling and amazing story by Rachel L. Swarns of the New York Times. Recovering the past is not necessarily a simple, let alone triumphal, endeavor.
Keep Woodrow Wilson and John C. Calhoun on campus. Or so argues historian James Livingston in a thoughtful post at the Chronicle of Higher Education: Don’t Repress the Past – The Chronicle of Higher Education