Tuesday, February 05, 2008

"New Humanities"

Check out this video about the transformation of English at Rutgers, done by the department chair. The video itself is slick and about hustling money, I guess, but the idea of a "Center for New Humanities" has got real appeal. Around 5:45, note that he says the humanities "somewhat lost its way" and, more importantly, argues that the "real function of the humanities" is to be creative "to improve the quality of the world we live in".

Here is a department that's at least working hard to confront their situation.

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