Humanities Scholars See Declining Prestige, Not a Lack of Interest

Humanities Scholars See Declining Prestige, Not a Lack of Interest 1

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Richard Brodhead, president of Duke U., and David Brooks, a columnist for The New York Times, were on a commission that has stirred up debate about what's happening to the humanities, and what ought to happen.

The latest national report on the humanities reads like a pep talk. It doesn't quantify what it calls a critical lack of attention to the humanities, nor does it plot out many data points to support its assertion that the national focus has faded from those fields and needs to be renewed.

But the report, issued last month by a commission appointed by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has stirred up a long-simmering debate, as well as lingering