Reflections on the meaning of the humanities from IC faculty, students, and alumni.
Monday, September 21, 2015
The first time I studied abroad in Spain, I was sixteen and starting my senior year of high school. I did a semester long program through a non-profit organization called Youth For Understanding (YFU), which aims for its students to be fully immersed in the language and culture of their host country. To be honest, at the time, I did not totally know what I was getting myself...
Monday, June 22, 2015
For the past several years I have been guiding students in my North American Environmental History course through a local environmental history project. In many ways, the project has inadvertently become a kind of antidote to the ubiquity of the digital age.
The students work with one-of-a-kind archival materials at The History Center...
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
One common assumption about the overall value of humanities disciplines is that they help us to evolve as thinkers by teaching the practice of “critical thinking.” The term, however, has become so ubiquitous that it’s actually quite difficult to get a sense of what people are attempting to convey when they use it, and why they link the term so insistently to the...
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015
Long ago, I stopped explaining why I entered environmental humanities—why in effect I volunteered to be a tick on the hairy side of the science, diverting students from their labs and collection of field data into talking about social inequities, cultural identities, economic sacrifice zones, and discussions of, well, just what exactly is nature?
Admittedly, this is...