Humanities Information


Humanities Information

Amber Mysteries Revealed


Amber, the gem of a stone that's not really a gemstone at all, is actually fossilized pine sap. People have collected, traded, carved, and coveted amber for more than 10,000 years.

Can You Hear My Secret Calling


A true love story"So, was it an eyes-meet-across-the-room-thing and you knew you were destined for each other instantly?" I asked my Mom. "No," she laughed, "it was a swinging-door-thing and once we met, then we knew it was destiny.

Shadows Boxing


Towards the end of Million Dollar Baby the character Scraps, ex boxing great turned gym porter, says of a character who has been away from the gym for a while, "And then a ghost walked in." This is an inadvertant commentary on almost all the principal characters in the film, and thier relationships to each other.

How Many Chinese Characters Are There?


Let's trace the number of Chinese characters from Han Dynasty 汉朝 (206 B.C.

Game Theory - What Do Game Theory and Improv Theater Have in Common?


"Game" TheoryThis article was inspired by Mick Napier's book ?Improvise: scene from the inside out" in which he draws comparisons between Physics and Improvisation. It made me think - I know a little bit about game theory (I majored in it) and it has the word "game" in it, so chances are it'll have something in common with improvising, which is really nothing else but playing games.

Learn Chinese Language Tips and Techniques


There's no doubt learning any foreign language requires effort, time and commitment. This holds true even more, especially when there's a big difference between one's native tongue and learning a new language.

The Monsters Mother


Somewhere in the world, every eight seconds, a mother is throwing her hands in the air and declaring that her child is a little monster. But for Echidna it was the literal truth.

Mars, the Mighty and Marvelous


Martius, the month of March, is named after him. So is the fourth planet from the sun and a bar of chocolate, but we know him mainly as the god of war.

Welcome to the Mind Revolution: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Living Between the Points


What does it mean to live "between the points?" What are the points? Are they science and religion? Are they conservative and liberal? Are they men and women? Are they childhood and old age? Are they intellectual and physical? Are they quantum physics and cosmology? Are they Freud and Jung? Are they the sacred and the profane? Are they nature and nurture? Are they light beer and stout?To live between the points is to understand the nature of the human mind-where it begins and where it ends. The very structure of time is inherent in the process of thought-the ticking away of the clock in the song "Time" on the Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon is the sound of the mind in movement.

Authenticity Of Vastu (Science of Indian architecture)


Vastu is one of the most ancient sciences of Indian architecture and is composed of specific rules, regulations and directions, set down by sages of the vedic times. For the modern society it is the highly evolved, comprehensive building philosophy.

Some Villain Thoughts About a Container Village


Preview: "Shipping containers" have yet nothing to do with "housing" in Romania. Is there any chance that they will soon? Belonging to Eastern European block, released in 1989 from communist oppression, Romania has already experienced 15 years of less and less stunning freedom.

10 Feng Shui Tips for a Better Life


Ever walked into a house that felt like home? Ever reminisced about the best year of your life, and wondered why everything came together for you? It could be Feng Shui.Simply put, Feng Shui is about creating a harmonious environment.

Cant Afford Illness in America


I had become too sick to live in America.Even with private insurance, even with Medicare, we couldn't keep up with our medical bills.

African Masks The Art of Creation


With western eyes we tend to view a tribal mask as a piece of fantastic sculpture. It is a decorative object to be displayed and enjoyed as a work of art.

Conceptual Art: Who Appreciates It?


Art is sometimes overwhelming. Life as a whole can become overwhelming, and at times I do find myself caught up in its whirlwind of drama.

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The Humanities' Decline Makes Us Morally Obtuse
Wall Street Journal
The humanities teach understanding, but they also teach humility: that we may be wrong and our enemies may be right, that the past can be criticized without our necessarily feeling superior to it, that people's professed motives are not the whole story ...



University of Texas at Dallas (press release)

School of Arts and Humanities, O'Donnell Institute Unveil New Journal
University of Texas at Dallas (press release)
“We want this to be a place for critical, thoughtful conversations,” said Dr. Dennis Kratz, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities and the Ignacy and Celina Rockover Professor. “It's to enlighten people about a wide range of subjects and also to ...



Cornell University The Cornell Daily Sun

BARAN | STEM and Humanities? Apples and Oranges.
Cornell University The Cornell Daily Sun
In most U.S. college communities, STEM majors are awarded a certain prestige denied to humanities majors. A physics or engineering student is considered to be partaking in a more rigorous and intellectually demanding curriculum than a government or ...



Washington Post

Give the humanities courses their due
Washington Post
Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels made a critical request of students in his Sept. 15 op-ed, “Please take that 'impractical' humanities course.” The title of his piece spoke for itself. As a political science student at Syracuse ...



Penn: Office of University Communications

Q&A with Karen Redrobe, new director of the Wolf Humanities Center
Penn: Office of University Communications
With a plan to expand programs and increase diversity and inclusivity, Karen Redrobe has stepped into her new role as director of the Wolf Humanities Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She replaces James English, an English professor, who was ...



National Catholic Reporter

Decline of humanities education reflects ancient debate
National Catholic Reporter
I have lately been drawn into the big conversation around the so-called humanities — those fields of scholarship that explore humans and culture in disciplines like language, literature, the arts, religion, history and philosophy. Many argue that the ...



National Review

Why the Decline of the Humanities?
National Review
Enrollments in college humanities programs have been falling for years — why? In a new Martin Center article, Indiana University professor Fabio Rojas offers an explanation. First, he considers the standard reasons advanced by people on the left and ...



UConn Today

UConn to Lead New England Humanities Consortium
UConn Today
The University of Connecticut will lead a new collaboration of colleges and universities in this region forming the New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC), which will focus on programming in such fields as history, language, art, literature, and ...



Axios

The dying humanities degree
Axios
Amid uncertainty for how to best navigate the profoundly changing job future, students in U.S. colleges are turning away from the humanities and toward STEM subjects, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics.



Washington Post

Please, students, take that 'impractical' humanities course. We will all benefit.
Washington Post
The students' conversation has stayed with me, in part because it fits into a larger, disconcerting narrative about the role of the humanities in higher education. In a time of dizzying technological achievement and of rapid scientific innovation ...


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