The University of Delaware Department of History
“It's the Humanities, Stupid: Thoughts on Campaigning for the Liberal Arts”
University of Delaware
We have all heard the bad news. The numbers of humanities majors across the country are declining and faculties are shrinking. Funding at the national level for humanities scholarship is eroding. The whole industry of academia is changing in ways we can't seem to control. While all these things are true, I remain optimistic about our collective future as humanists and our ability to adapt. Throughout my years of working in university administration and development (two years as a Center Director, four years as a Head, a year as an Associate Dean), I've seen changes that make a difference. I've thought hard about the stories that do and don't work when it comes to campaigning for humanities education and scholarship. I'll share some of those stories and answer any questions you may have about my role as Interim Associate Dean for the Humanities in the CAS Deans Office.
First and second year History graduate students are required to attend so plan to make the History Workshop a regular part of your Tuesday activities.