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America needs the humanities more than ever. So why have we abandoned them?
The challenges this country faces are a direct result of abandoning the humanities — and only the humanities can help us solve them


By Katherine Pickering Antonova September 18

Katherine Pickering Antonova is associate professor of history at Queens College, CUNY and author of "An Ordinary Marriage: The World of a Gentry Family in Provincial Russia."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2017/09/18/america-has-forgotten-the-value-of-the-humanities-at-the-moment-it-needs-them-most/?utm_term=.399bad1efa3e

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"Courses that emphasize critical thinking, analysis, and evaluation from multiple points of view, are negatively correlated with course evaluations, despite the tremendous importance of those skills. "

"African-American and Latino faculty routinely have their credentials and expertise questioned and their authority challenged (Stanley et al. 2003; McGowan 2001; Hendrix 1998). Asian-American instructors are perceived as less credible and even less intelligible than White instructors (Rubin 1998). Instructors perceived by students to be foreigners are rated as less intelligible, despite of their actual nationality (Smith et al 1992). Similarly, instructors marked by their accent, attire, religious markers, or mannerism as being outside the “threshold of foreignness” are rated as less intelligible (Rubin 2007)."

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"Courses that emphasize critical thinking, analysis, and evaluation from multiple points of view, are negatively correlated with course evaluations, despite the tremendous importance of those skills. "

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"And I would eliminate MLA interviews. In a half-hour interview, hiring committees learn much about a job candidate -- but not what they think they are learning. Instead, committees make determinations about a candidate’s gender, race, ethnicity, age, visible disabilities and socioeconomic position -- variables that do not indicate how well a scholar will teach or about the quality of the scholarship they will produce."

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The question of sanctuary is a salient one for our current times. What could it and should it mean? How might we think of sanctuary and intersecting identities?

The actions of the current political administration have left many LGBTQ people in our community with deep concerns, a desire for radical hope, and more motivated than ever to take action.

As local partners, Out Boulder County, A Queer Endeavor, and CIRC are hosting an event with the intention of continuing the urgent work of intersectional coalition building and community action across Boulder County.

On April 19th (from 7:00 - 9:00), at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania St. Boulder, we invite you to gather to hear powerful stories on the theme of Sanctuary from various community leaders.

Please RSVP to: collectiveliberation@outboulder.org

The evening will also feature an opportunity for facilitated small group conversation and a call to commit to ongoing action aimed at restoring Justice and Equity.

To activate and mobilize, we have invited many local organizations in order to bring visibility to all of the awesome work that exists in the community to support gender, sexual, and family diversity, and to provide action steps for folks who attend. Along with information and resources, these groups will prepare a short handbill with action steps that people can take to support their work, to bring an intersectional lens to the work, and to further equity, justice, and liberation for all.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1484460968262511/

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