The Heart of the Matter

The Honorable Diane P. Wood
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Oklahoma Judicial Center
2100 N. Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK
Reception at 5:30 p.m.
Program at 6:30 p.m.


Karl Eikenberry:
The Heart of the Matter

in collaboration with the
Chicago Humanities Festival

UIC Forum - Main Hall C
725 W. Roosevelt Rd. Chicago, IL
2:30–3:30 p.m.

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November/December 2013 – Museum
James Cuno: What Matters Most: Museums play a crucial role as humanist institutions

November 2013 – Humanities Symposium Address
Wayne Clough: “A Voice that will be Heard”

November 5, 2013 – New York Times
Annette Gordon-Reed: A Victim of Austerity and Student Debt

October 4, 2013 – The Austin American-Statesman
Francisco G. Cigarroa: Humanities guides students’ quests for the stars

June 20, 2013 – The New York Times
David Brooks: The Humanist Vocation

June 20, 2013 – Los Angeles Times
James Cuno: The soft sciences matter as much as ever

June 19, 2013 – Raleigh News & Observer
Richard Brodhead: The humanities and social sciences remain essential

June 19, 2013 – Time
Annette Gordon-Reed: Critics of the Liberal Arts Are Wrong

June 19, 2013 – Miami Herald
Donna Shalala & Eduardo Padrón: Humanities, social sciences for a vibrant competitive, secure nation

June 18, 2013 – USA Today
Norman Augustine & David Skorton: Humanities, social sciences critical to our future

Media Coverage

November 5, 2013 – New York Times
The Fate of the Humanities

November 5, 2013 – Satyagraha (Blog)
On the AAAS Report on the Humanities and Social Sciences, ‘The Heart of the Matter’

November 4, 2013 – Perspective
Secretary of Smithsonian Institution Speaks on Importance of Humanities

November 3, 2013 – Portland Press Herald
Maine Voices: We must rethink how STEM is taught

November 2, 2013 – America
Saving the Humanities?

November 2, 2013 – The Book Haven
The questionable utility of the dancing bear, or, the future of the humanities

November 1, 2013 – The New Criterion
What Dido did, Satan saw & O’Keefe painted

October 31, 2013 – Daily Journal of Commerce
Architecture: It’s not a science, it’s art

October 31, 2013 – American Spectator
The Heartlessness of the Matter

October 30, 2013 – The New York Times
As Interest fades in the Humanities, Colleges Worry

October 30, 2013 – The Washington Times
Fields: Is your toddler ready for Moby-Dick?

October 27, 2013 – The Courier of Montgomery County
Liberal arts not luxury learning when balanced

October 25, 2013 – Chatham Daily News
Let us not throw out humanities and social sciences with the bath water

October 24, 2013 – Duke Today
Brodhead: In an Age of Metrics, Liberal Arts Education Still Holds Value

October 22, 2013 – Times-Georgian
Secretary of Smithsonian to speak at UWG

October 21, 2013 – Portland Press Herald
Our View: The humanities still teach marketable skills

October 14, 2013 – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Are we cheering for STEM at the expense of arts?

October 14 – The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Wedge Driving Academe’s Two Families Apart

October 7, 2013 – The Blog, Huffington Post
Why Study the Arts and Humanities?

September 26, 2013 – TIME
What Colleges Will Teach in 2025

September 21, 2013 – Concord Monitor
My Turn: Souter is right: Humanities programs are critical

September 19, 2013 – The Daily Illini
Realize the importance of humanities in engineering

September 18, 2013 – MLA Commons
Vulnerable Times at the Chicago Convention

September 16, 2013 – New York Law Journal
Rally for the Humanities, Souter Urges

September 15, 2013 – The Blog, Huffington Post
Who’s Afraid of the Liberal Arts?

September 13, 2013 – Marion Roach Smith (Blog)
Defending Humanities: Say It With Words

September 12, 2013 – Albany Times Union
Souter decries cuts in humanities funds

September 7, 2013 – The Nation (Pakistan)
FCC English Dept launches journal

September 6, 2013 – The New Republic
The Real Humanities Crisis is Happening at Public Universities

September 5, 2013 – Arizona Daily Wildcat
Humanities program should not be disregarded

September 5, 2013 – The New Republic
Why Are We Starving the Humanities and Splurging on Science?

September 4, 2013 – Inside Higher Ed
A New Humanities Report Card

September 4, 2013 – The Chronicle of Higher Education
‘Report Card’ on the Humanities Finds Light Amid the Gloom

September 3, 2013 – Indiana University Center for Civic Literacy
A Fist Bump for the Humanities

August 29, 2013 – Huffington Post
How Human Resources Can Help the Humanities

August 28, 2013 – Miami Herald
Don’t Neglect the Humanities

August 28, 2013 – The Patriot-News
Here's a way to help foster an innovative, strong and competitive society: As I See It

August 27, 2013 – The New Yorker
Why Teach English?

August 27, 2013 – The Hartford Courant
Math And Science Education Just Part Of The Story

August 26, 2013 – The Crimson White (University of Alabama)
It’s time to fight the war for education, challenging teachers

August 23, 2013 – The State
Beasley: Oh the humanities!

August 22, 2013 – The English Department Blog at Saint Anselm College
English: The Hot New Major?

August 21, 2013 – The Root DC, The Washington Post
The Smartest Summer Ever: Full STEAM Ahead!

August 21, 2013 – NewsDay
Schmich: If you were picking a college major today, what would it be?

August 20, 2013 – Lebanon Daily News
Find a place for humanities’ study in our modern age

August 20, 2013 – Duke Chronicle
Brodhead discusses recent debut on The Colbert Report

August 20, 2013 – Los Angeles Times
College: It's not just 'Made in the U.S.A.'

August 19, 2013 – Zócalo Public Square
The Humanities Aren’t as Dead As You Think

August 16,2013 – Inside Higher Ed
Fourth-Grade Lessons

August 15, 2013 – Cornell Sun
President Skorton, Yo-Yo Ma, George Lucas: Humanities are ‘Critical’ to Education

August 15, 2013 – The Colbert Report
Interview with Duke University President and Commission Co-Chair Richard Brodhead

August 15, 2013 – The Herald-Sun
Duke President Brodhead receives Colbert fist bump

August 13, 2013 – Sidney Herald
Battle of the studies

August 13, 2013 – WNCN North Carolina Public Radio
Duke president to appear on 'The Colbert Report'

August 12, 2013 – Portland Press Herald
Off Campus: No need to choose between career, deep thoughts

August 10, 2013 – Idaho Statesman
Readers View, education: America needs the humanities more than ever

August 9, 2013 – Vermont Public Radio
Gilbert: The Case for Humanities

August 6, 2013 - Slate
How Women Killed the Humanities (To Save Ourselves!)

August 6, 2013 – Independent Record
Humanities make a difference to Montana

July 31, 2013 – The Christian Century
Christian humanists

July 30, 2013 – The Daily Herald
Teaching the humanities bolsters ingenuity

July 30, 2013 – Views, Inside Higher Ed
Humanities as Spectacle

July 28, 2013 – Chicago Tribune
If you could pick a major now, what would it be?

July 25, 2013 – World News Report
Canadian Center of Science and Education reveals importance of humanities and social sciences

July 25, 2013 – The Washington Times
High-tech and humanity

July 23, 2013 – Inside Higher Ed
Another Whack at the Humanities

July 22, 2013 – Portland Press Herald
Off Campus: Focus on STEM education overshadows humanities’ importance

July 18, 2013 – The Vancouver Sun
Colleges doing more to emphasize career prep

July 17, 2013 – Times Higher Education (UK)
Liberal arts, British style

July 17, 2013 – New Republic
The Decline of the Humanities—and Civilization

July 16, 2013 – Providence Journal
Humanities in peril

July 15, 2013 – The Chronicle of Higher Education
Humanities Scholars See Declining Prestige, Not a Lack of Interest

July 15, 2013 – The Blog, The Huffington Post
The Crisis in the Humanities: Why Today’s Educational and Cultural Experts Can’t and Won’t Resolve the Failings of the Liberal Arts

July 14, 2013 – LaCrosse Tribune
Richard Kyte: Value of humanities is priceless

July 13, 2013 – The Star Press
Humanities, social sciences critical to future

July 13, 2013 – The Columbus Dispatch
Jessica A. Johnson commentary: Studying the humanities is fundamental to who we are

July 12, 2013 – The Wall Street Journal
Who Ruined the Humanities?

July 12, 2013 – Corvallis Gazette-Times
Think Too Much: The case for the liberal arts

July 11, 2013 – Inside Higher Ed
The Gender Lens

July 11, 2013 – The Blog, Huffington Post
STEM and STEAM Boosted by U.S. and U.K. Reports

July 11, 2013 – The Mountain Times
Public education needs more emphasis on the humanities

July 10, 2013 – Iowa State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
American Academy of Arts & Science’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences

July 8, 2013 – Op-Eds, The Daily Californian
Why the humanities?

July 5, 2013 – The Durham News
Brodhead: Remind people why humanities matter

July 4, 2013 – Opinion, The Barre Montpelier Times Argus
Heart of the matter

July 3, 2013 – The Conversation, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Humanities: What Went Right?

July 3, 2013 – The Opinion Pages, The New York Times
The Humanities in Crisis? Not at Most Schools

July 2, 2013 – WNPR’s “The Colin McEnroe Show”
Can the Humanities be Saved?

July 2, 2013 – KCUR’s “Central Standard”
The Value of the Humanities

July 2, 2013 – The Liberty County Vindicator
Preparing for a Bright New World

July 1, 2013 – The Network on Transitions to Adulthood
The Job Outlook for Recent College Graduates

July 1, 2013 – The Duke Chronicle
Oh the humanities

July 1, 2013 – Education Week
Reviving History Instruction: What’s Old is New Again

July 1, 2013 – RadioTimes*
Why the humanities matter
*Correction: The Heart of the Matter film was produced by Ewers Brothers Productions.

June 30, 3013 – TeachThought
Why Humanities Still Matter In 2013

June 30, 2013 – China Daily
Humanities prove a hard sell during hard times

June 30, 2013 – The Wall Street Journal
Illiberal Education and the ‘Heart of the Matter’

June 29, 2013 – Boston Herald
All those workplaces a stage

June 29, 2013 – Online Athens, Athens Banner-Herald
Humanities must be integral part of education

June 27, 2013 – Minnesota Daily
In tough economy, liberal arts must defend themselves

June 27, 2013 – WAMC Northeast Public Radio
Karen Hitchcock: The Need to Re-imagine our Nation’s System of Higher Education

June 27, 2013 – The New York Times ArtsBeat
Quants Ask: What Crisis in the Humanities?

June 26, 2013 – Brain Pickings
George Lucas, John Lithgow, and Other Luminaries on How the Humanities Make Us Human

June 26, 2013 – The Des Moines Register A Better Iowa
Putnam: The heart of the matter

June 26, 2013 – The Huffington Post Blog
STEM Is a Liberal Art

June 26, 2013 – Slate, Culture Gabfest
The Decline of the Humanities

June 26, 2013 – Business Insider
America Is Raising A Generation Of Kids Who Can't Think Or Write Clearly

June 25, 2013 – Southern California Public Radio AirTalk
How relevant is a liberal arts degree?

June 25, 2013 – The Wall Street Journal MarketWatch
Is the Internet killing English?

June 25, 2013 – LinkedIn Today
Why Learning the Humanities Is a Key to Success

June 24, 2013 – The New York Times
A Case for the Humanities Not Made

June 24, 2013 – New York Daily News
Satchmo, Soprano and our humanity: learning from two American originals

June 24, 2013 – CNN
On the chopping block: History, literature, civics and the arts

June 24, 2013 – The Atlantic
Actually, the Humanities Aren't in Crisis

June 24, 2013 – National Communication Association
AAAS Report, the Heart of the Matter

June 23, 2013 – The Daily Californian
Report urges increased investment in humanities and social sciences

June 23, 2013 – The Chronicle of Higher Education blog
Rethinking the Bachelor’s Degree to Bolster the Humanities

June 22, 2013 – Sunday Observer, The New York Times
The Decline and Fall of the English Major

June 22, 2013 – The Airspace
Why are the Humanities Hurting?

June 21, 2013 – TimesUnion
Smith: At a solstice, rebalancing our schools

June 21, 2013 – Tampa Bay Times
Editorial: A complete education includes humanities

June 21, 2013 – Salon.com
Will reading make you rich?

June 20, 2013 – Physics Today
New report: Yes, STEM—but humanities and social sciences too!

June 20, 2013 – CNN Money / Fortune Magazine
Why the humanities need to be saved

June 20, 2013 – NPR’s “Morning Edition,” by Cory Turner
Lax Education in Humanities, Social Sciences Spark Outcry

June 20, 2013 – The State
Educators, artists, lawmakers urge more emphasis on the humanities

June 20, 2013 – The Journal Sentinel
Report to Congress claims humanities education as important for nation as STEM

June 20, 2013 – Scientific American Blog
Why Study Humanities? What I Tell Engineering Freshmen

June 20, 2013 – The Inquisitr
Humanities Committee Worried That The Arts Are Endangered

June 20, 2013 – Triangle Business Journal Online
Arts to education policy makers: ‘Don’t forget us!’

June 19, 2013 – PBS NewsHour
Report Argues U.S. is Neglecting, Undervaluing Education in the Humanities

June 19, 2013 – The Washington Post
Report: Humanities, social science education needed for innovation along with STEM

June 19, 2013 – Inside Higher Ed
Making the Case for Liberal Arts

June 19, 2013 – The Wall Street Journal
Democratic and Republican Senators and Representatives Commend Release of Report on Education, International Security, Competitiveness, and Culture

June 19, 2013 – Penn News
Humanities/Social Sciences Panel Reports; Two From Penn Are Members

June 19, 2013 – History News Network
1964 Report: Humanities ‘Uniquely Equipped to fill the “Abyss of Leisure”’ Made Possible by Forty-Hour Workweek

June 19, 2013 – Education Week News
The Path to Protecting Humanities and Social Sciences

June 19, 2013 – AARP News Blog
Are We Teaching Our Next Generation the Right Stuff?

June 19, 2013 – Miami Herald
Educators, artists, lawmakers urge more emphasis on the arts

June 19, 2013 – Duke Chronicle
Brodhead co-chairs effort to rebuild humanities, social sciences

June 19, 2013 – PR Newswire
Democratic and Republican Senators and Representatives Commend Release of Report on Education, International Security

June 19, 2013 – Durham Herald-Sun
Humanities commission co-chaired by Brodhead releases report

June 19, 2013 – The New York Observer “BetaBeat”
You Don’t Need a Tech Degree To Be a Productive Member of Society, Liberal Arts Professors Swear

June 18, 2013 – The New York Times
Humanities Committee Sounds an Alarm

June 18, 2013 – The Chronicle of Higher Education
Humanities and Social Sciences Are Central to National Goals, Report Argues

June 18, 2013 – Reuters
U.S. in danger of losing humanities, social sciences edge: panel

June 18, 2013 – DukeToday
Brodhead on the ‘Undersold’ Humanities

May 2013 – Missouri Passages (MO Humanities Council)
Gerald Early Delivers Humanities Awards Keynote

October 30, 2012 – The Wall Street Journal
Liberal Arts Should Complement Technical Subjects

October 29, 2012 – Duke Today
Leading the Charge for the Humanities

October 23, 2012 – Duke Today
Regional Forum on Humanities and Social Sciences to Meet at Duke This Week

September 20, 2012 – Washington University in St. Louis Newsroom
The humanities and public life: American Academy of Arts and Sciences explores state of humanities education nationally

September 14, 2012 – El Nuevo Herald
Destacan importancia de alentar las artes en la educación

September 14, 2012 – Miami Herald
Humanities commission focuses on arts in education

September 14, 2012 – Veritas – University of Miami
Opening a National Dialogue on the Humanities

September 13, 2012 – St. Louis American
Gerald Early convenes national commission on humanities in St. Louis

September 12, 2012 – Stanford Report
Stanford gathering explores why national security needs the humanities

September 12, 2012 – St. Louis Post Dispatch
In a complex world, what is the value of the arts?

September 10, 2012 – The Valley Advocate
Humanities and Economic Development

September 7, 2012 – The Book Haven
Why do I need to know that? Defending the humanities, social sciences in a techno world

August 20, 2012 – National Endowment for the Humanities
New England state councils participate in a forum on the Humanities and Civil Society

August 7, 2012 – Merced Sun-Star
Invest in Knowledge

July 30, 2012 – New England Journal of Higher Education
Humanitarian Efforts

March 19, 2012 – Duke Today
Brodhead: Advocating for the Humanities

October 20, 2011 – The Stanford Daily
Saving the Fuzzy

September 16, 2011 – Harvard Magazine
John Lithgow on the Arts, and Life

September 2, 2011 – American Radio Works
New Pressures on Liberal Education

June 28, 2011 – National Humanities Alliance website
American Academy of Arts & Science’s Commission on the Humanities & Social Sciences Meets in Chicago

June 24, 2011 – Education Week
Sciences, Arts, Humanities, Fight for Status of Math, Reading

June 15, 2011 – The Huffington Post
The Humanities: Fundamental but Utilitarian

May 23, 2011 – The Phi Beta Kappa Society blog
The Odyssey, really?

March 3, 2011 – Houston Chronicle
Focus on science need not exclude liberal arts study

February 17, 2011 – New York Times
Lucas, Burns, Souter Among Those Named To New Commission on the Liberal Arts

February 17, 2011 – The Chronicle of Higher Education
National Commission Formed to Bolster Humanities and Social Sciences

February 17, 2011 – Gannett News Service
New humanities commission has Tennessee influence

February 17, 2011 – Education Week Blog
Commission Set Up to Improve Humanities, Social Science Studies
Curriculum Matters

February 18, 2011 – Inside Higher Ed
Yanked from the Margins