28 juin 2016

The Humanities Will Never Die

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/JustVisitingLogo_white.jpg?itok=K5uvzo_-By John Warner. I am not worried about the humanities dying.
My reasoning is simple: As long as there are humans, we will be interested in the questions of who we are, why we’re here, where we’ve come from, and what happens to us after we’re “gone.”
Seeking answers to those questions is the humanities.
I think, therefore I am. The unexamined life is not worth living, you know the drill. I believe that crap and further believe that engaging with the work of others who have struggled over the meaning of life makes my life more meaningful.
Humanities-related academic studies within institutions of higher education, on the other hand, appear to be endangered.
The latest evidence is in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences report showing the relative decline of faculty positions in the humanities. Read more...

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Why Social Science Grad Students Should Read ‘The Gene’

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. Social scientists in training (i.e. grad students) would not normally be assigned a book like Mukherjee’s The Gene. Not written by a social scientist. Written for a general audience. Not grounded in social sciences theoretical frameworks and methodologies. Read more...

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26 juin 2016

Searching for the Humanities

HomeBy John Fea. John Fea, a history chair, describes what he learned on his daughter's college tours about the presence or absence of a liberal arts ethos. Read more...

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13 Ways of Looking at the Humanities

HomeBy David Galef. Among twenty time-honored subjects,
The only moving thing in the humanities
Is the Communications major. Read more...

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Liberal Arts to the Rescue?

HomeBy Sanford J. Ungar. A stint at a liberal arts college as the cure for economic hardship and social despair? As a way out of poverty and dead-end, low-wage employment. Read more...

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The Disappearing Humanities Jobs

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. The arrival of annual reports on the job market in various humanities fields this year left many graduate students depressed about their prospects and professors worried about the futures of their disciplines. English and foreign language openings were down 3 percent and 7.6 percent, respectively. History jobs fell 8 percent. Read more...

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In Dispute in Germany, Students See Attack on Social Sciences

HomeBy Elizabeth Redden. An open letter that calls for extending the contract of an expert on extremism and anti-Semitism at Germany’s University of Göttingen has received international attention. Read more...

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Call for Social Sciences With ‘Chinese Characteristics’

HomeBy Elizabeth Redden. Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for the development of systems of philosophy and social sciences “with Chinese characteristics,” Xinhua, a state media outlet, reported. According to the report, the president, speaking at a symposium, “called for integrating Marxism, Chinese traditions and other schools in philosophy and the social sciences.” He also called for philosophers and social scientists to focus on issues relevant to contemporary China. Read more...

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13 juin 2016

La faculte des lettres et sciences humaines : un vivier pour les entreprises

23 juin 2016
Où : Brest
Lien : En savoir plus et s'inscrire

Contact et information pratique :
à partir de 17h45-Salle des Conférences Yves Moraud - B001
à la Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines Victor Segalen - 29200 BREST

Une soirée événement organisée par l'UBO

Venez découvrir toutes les potentialités de la filière Lettres et Sciences Humaines en termes de recrutement et de formation professionnelle et nous faire part de vos besoins en ressources humaines.
Source : http://www.gref-bretagne.com/Actualites/Agenda/La-faculte-des-lettres-et-sciences-humaines-un-vivier-pour-les-entreprises

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05 juin 2016

PhDs in the Humanities

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. I had the good fortune earlier this week of speaking to the Future of the Humanities PhD conference at Carleton University. It was an interesting event, full of both faculty and students who are thinking about ways to reform a system takes students far too long to navigate. They asked me for my thoughts, so I gave them. Here’s a precis.
One of the most intractable problems with the PhD (and not just in the humanities) is that it serves a dual purpose. First, it’s a piece of paper that says “you’re a pretty good researcher”; second, it’s a piece of paper that says “you too can become a tenured university professor! Maybe.”
The problem is that “maybe”: lots of people can meet the standard of being a good researcher, but that doesn’t mean there will be university professor jobs for them. More...

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