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08 November, 2015

What the Humanities Should Do, by Paul Sturtevant

Paul Sturtevant, also known as the author of the Public Medievalist site, recently writes about the relationship between STEM, STEAM, and the Humanities. I would probably be a little less dismissive of the "dilettante" (although that's part of the rhetorical turn here), but lots of good thought in this essay:

If we are to save our disciplines from irrelevance -- from the realm of the dilettante or hobbyist -- the answer is not to show our complementary utility to STEM fields (as advocates of “STEAM” have). Instead, we must rethink the common threads that our disciplines have to offer and how we present ourselves and our subjects. We should take a page from the STEM advocates’ playbook and argue the case for our disciplines vigorously, both in the public arena and to policy makers at the local, state and national levels. READ THE FULL ESSAY HERE