Humanities

Lessons for Facebook from an academic social network

With Facebook under fire for inadequate privacy protections, how has one of the oldest academic social networks avoided the same fate?

MLA data on enrollments show foreign language study is on the decline

MLA data show foreign language study is on the decline, but it's unclear what comes first: institutional disinvestment in language programs or waning student interest. In any case, some campuses -- generally those making investments in programs -- are bucking the trend.

Study finds sharp decline in foreign language enrollments

From 2013 to 2016, enrollments fell 9.2 percent. Declines include Spanish, still the most commonly taught language.

President Trump nominates Jon Parrish Peede to lead humanities endowment

Jon Parrish Peede has been leading endowment on acting basis. He has expressed interest in the endowment promoting nonfaculty careers in humanities.

Study finds humanities majors land jobs and are happy in them

New data suggest that STEM majors are not the only route to success.

Co-editors discuss their new work on keywords for understanding academe

Co-editors discuss their no-holds-barred dictionary for academic life.

Professors debate the role of the historian (or lack thereof) in Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's Vietnam documentary

Professors debate the role -- or absence -- of the historian in Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's new Vietnam documentary, concurring that a lack of critical perspective makes the film more milquetoast than masterpiece.

Study shows academic job searches in languages value alt-ac skills

Analysis of a year’s worth of MLA job postings -- most of them for teaching positions -- finds strong emphasis on alt-ac skills. Are doctoral programs providing the right training?

At this year's MLA, many sessions focus on fake news in present and in literary past

At this year’s MLA meeting, many sessions will focus on fake news, both in the present and in the literary past. Can scholars of fiction change our understanding of current events?

Lawsuit accuses American Studies Association officers of concealing their plans to boycott Israeli universities

Court filings in a suit challenging American Studies Association's boycott of Israeli universities allege that candidates for key roles in association kept their plans to push for a boycott secret when they stood for office.

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