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The Humanities are making a comeback! Yea!

Recently, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences released its report, “The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for a vibrant, competitive, and secure nation.” The report calls for new commitments to the humanities in higher education. In the extensive emphasis that has been placed on the need for the U.S. to nurture more graduates specializing in science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM), the report’s authors feel that we have forgotten that actually the problem requires a balanced solution. The final segments of the report talk about how essential it is for us to have a good sense of other cultures and foreign languages in order to be able to function in the global world in which we live. Read the report and view a brief film at

For a comprehensive look at the state of humanities in the United States, explore the Academy of Arts & Sciences Humanities Indicators, statistical data on the condition of the humanities available at