A joint convocation held by the American Council of Learned Societies and the Association of American Universities to assess the state of the humanities drew over 200 scholars and administrators -- as well as two prominent Congressional advocates for arts and letters -- on Friday. The convocation, which was pegged in part to a 2004 report issued by AUU, "Reinvigorating the Humanities," eschewed much of the doom and gloom that has surrounded such gatherings in recent decades. Speakers largely agreed that scholarship in the humanities is vigorous, but that the disciplines still faced serious challenges posed by the digital revolution, a rigidity in academic organization, and a lack of public outreach.
Read more at Chronicle of Higher Education 5/15/06
Posted by P. Kaufman at May 15, 2006 11:20 AM