October Online Reading Group and Discussion - #fight4edu
Please join this student-led reading group, Teaching the Humanities as a Survival Skill. This is the third of eight conversations in The University Worth Fighting For, a year-long project designed to tie student-centered, engaged practices in our classrooms to larger issues of institutional change, equality, race, gender, and all forms of social justice.
We hope community college, undergraduate, and graduate students anywhere will join this conversation, and we hope faculty members might challenge their students to contribute. We encourage lively debate, respectful of difference.
Previous Conversations in the Series:
- “Towards a Pedagogy of Equality,” August 2015
- “Peer Mentoring and Student-Centered Learning,” September 2015
Each month, we host a livestreamed workshop that corresponds to the online forum. Here are the details for this month:
Teaching the Humanities as a Survival Skill
How Do I Join the Conversation?
Add comments in the comments section below, and on Twitter using #fight4edu. HASTAC is an open, free network. Log in or register as a new user to leave a comment.
Discussion Group Leaders:
- Mike Rifino, The Graduate Center, CUNY
- Mirabeth Braude, Michigan State University, Writing, Rhetoric, American Cultures
- James Hammond, University of Michigan, Joint Program in English and Education
- Erin Parish, Duke University, Cultural Anthropology
- Kristopher Purzycki, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies
HASTAC and The Futures Initiative
Suggested Readings and Viewings:
- "The Humanities at the End of the World" by Alexander I. Jacobs (Chronicle of Higher Education)
- "Humanities Strengthen Science" by Elizabeth H. Simmons (Inside Higher Ed)
- "We don’t need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training" by Loretta Jackson-Hayes (Washington Post)
- "STEM from the humanities: How visual arts, empathy and storytelling fuel innovation" by Benjamin Custer (Peninsula Press)
- "Do Colleges Need French Departments?" Multiple contributors (Room for Debate, New York Times)
- "Why Study Humanities? What I Tell Engineering Freshmen" by John Horgan (Scientific American)
- "Why Storytelling Will Be the Biggest Business Skill of the Next 5 Years" by Shane Snow (HubSpot Blogs)
- "Advice on Writing From The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates" by Emma Green (The Atlantic)
- "Techno-velcro to Techno-memoria" Multiple contributors (Kairos)
- "Why Study Humanities? To Reclaim a Legacy: A Report on the Humanities in Higher Education" (Higher Education Resource Hub)
- "Studying the Humanities Always Will Be Important" by Elwood Watson (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
- Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
- "From Second Best to Source of Pride: A Bright Future for Community College" by Eduardo Vianna (Noodle)
- "The Humanities As Survival Skill" by Cathy N. Davidson (HASTAC)
- "Humanities research is groundbreaking, life-changing… and ignored" by Gretchen Busl (The Guardian)
Share your thoughts, questions, and other resources. Join the discussion by adding your comment below! You can also participate by tweeting at #fight4edu and #NEHturns50, as we will connect this discussion with the NEH's 50th anniversary celebration of the humanities.