Philosophy

The Tightening Humanities Job Market

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With big disciplinary meetings about to start, some reliable measures start to appear about how many colleges are really hiring -- and the news isn't good.

Humanities' Constituencies

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WASHINGTON -- C.P. Snow’s depiction of a “gulf of mutual incomprehension” separating scientists from humanists may date to 1959, but it’s still relevant – and cited -- in discussions of the humanities in 2009. Panelists speaking Monday on “The Public Good: The Humanities in a Civil Society” cited Snow in describing a need to better bridge that gulf -- with the consequences of failing to do so exacting a real and human price, argued Patty Stonesifer, chair of the Board of Regents for the Smithsonian Institution and senior adviser to the trustees of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

My Intellectual Territory

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An NEH grant awarded to professors to start teaching courses around life's "enduring questions" has some philosophers wondering if they've been forgotten.

Disappearing Jobs

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MLA reports 21% drop in positions in English and foreign languages -- steepest decline in 34 years association has collected openings. Percentage of English jobs on tenure track falls.

Small Grants, Lots of Goodwill

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U. of South Carolina's top two administrators, from engineering and public health, start program to offer funds to playwrights, musicians, big dreamers.

The New Twihards

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Call it "Cullen's Law": If it exists, there is a Twilight spin on it. No exceptions -- and that includes academe.

Yes, though it may run counter to the prevalent stereotype of Twilight's audience (14 years old, misguided, breathless), a growing number of scholars are eager to offer their perspectives on the hugely popular novels and the cultural phenomenon they've engendered.

Do-It-Yourself Ranking

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The National Research Council says its new ratings methodology makes it impossible for any department to claim any ordinal rank. That didn't stop Penn State's philosophers.

A Shift in Direction at Howard

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The university's first truly sweeping academic review doubles down on graduate programs, but would gut more than two dozen departments.

He Won't Censor Himself

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Shit happens.

That's reality, according to Daniel Petersen, who has taught philosophy for 21 years at Hawaii Community College and the University of Hawaii at Hilo. And it's a reality he shared -- in those words -- with his students. Now he says he is sharing that reality in the collapse of his teaching career, which he attributes to the aftermath of a complaint from the father of a student over a few instances of profanity in his class at the community college.

Boost for the Humanities

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Defying trends, Mellon Foundation puts up $10 million to get the state of Wisconsin to do the same for its flagship university.

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