Humanities Scholars Grapple With Their Pitch to the Public

As humanities scholars continue to struggle for public support, maybe they will replace the word "truth" with "wisdom" as shorthand for the value of their work. A panel of distinguished scholars often deployed the latter word as they discussed "The Public Face of the Humanities" on Friday here at the annual meeting of the American Council of Learned Societies.

That is not to say that the term "wisdom" was left uncontested—it, too, has become suspect over the years—nor, on