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16 March 2017 (Philip Kennicott & Peggy McGlone, Washington Post) — Trump Wants to Cut the NEA and NEH. This is the worst-case scenario for arts groups “The budget plan, which calls for the elimination of four independent cultural agencies — the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — also would radically reshape the nation’s cultural infrastructure.”
15 March 2017 (Erin Blakemore, SmartNews Smithsonian.com) — Five Things You Didn’t Realize Were Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities “In 1963, a group of university presidents, professors, art experts, businesspeople and even the chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission came together to form a national commission… they wrote that Americans—and U.S. democracy—needed the humanities as a way of gaining wisdom, vision and world leadership: ‘Upon the humanities depend the national ethic and morality, the national aesthetic and beauty or the lack of it, the national use of our environment and our material accomplishments.’”
14 March 2017 (Nick Romeo, NationalGeographic.com) — 6 Great Archaeology Discoveries Funded by the U.S. Government “Since its founding in 1966, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded more than 1,400 grants to archaeological projects worldwide, including some of the most important archaeological discoveries made by American researchers over the past decade… Here are a few of the biggest discoveries in archaeology that have been brought to you in part by the U.S. Government:”
13 March 2017 (Jessica Wynne Lockhart, Toronto Star) — Liberal Arts degrees are here to stay “despite their decline in popularity, general arts programs are arguably the ones best equipping graduates… with the skills most sought-after by today’s employers. According to a 2016 survey conducted by the Business Council of Canada, when it comes to evaluating entry-level hires, employers value soft skills — such as communication and relationship building — over technical knowledge.”
The Jackman Humanities Institute is pleased to announce the launch of a new resource. Humanities in the News is an up-to-date, curated newsfeed about university study of the humanities. And the news is, it’s not all bad news. Degrees in the humanities lead to jobs, nurture democracy, and benefit society. We all face new challenges in a global economy; this section is for news, voices, and commentary about how the humanities are responding.