"Any humanist hoping to engage with a skeptical or curious public should read this book." Michael Bérubé, Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Pennsylvania State University
My most recent book, The Humanities "Crisis" and the Future of Literary Studies, analyzes the current plight of the humanities and explores ways to explain their value that push beyond the debilitating rhetoric of crisis that currently surrounds them (see the link above for information about the book). I expanded on the book's argument in "How Not to Defend the Liberal Arts" in the October 27, 2014 edition of Inside Higher Ed, and in the December, 2014 edition of Connections. Since the publication of my book I've lectured on the future of the humanities at the Center for 21st Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Purdue Calumet University, and at Wayne State University (click here to watch video of my talk there). In August, 2015 I spoke about the future of the liberal arts at Centre College in Kentucky, and in September of that year I participated in a two-day symposium commemorating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in Baltimore, Maryland. On February 9, 2017 I'll be delivering a keynote address, "Practical Matters: The Future of Doctoral Studies in the Age of Alt-Ac," at a conference at the University of South Florida.
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