Academic Questions


June 7, 2021

STEM and Stuff

Bruce Brasington

When historians and students confront the past and seek meaning for our present, we challenge with pietas the toxic pride that STEM and “Business English” are all we need.

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April 20, 2021

Students Are Literate but They Do Not Read

Jackson Toby

Students admitted to American colleges are usually literate, but that does not mean that they habitually read books of any kind.

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April 16, 2021

Kipling, Orwell, and the Humanities

Glynn Custred

The study of Kipling and Orwell demonstrates how much is to be gained from a proper education in the humanities. Today, university courses have become instruments of indoctrination.

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February 25, 2021

The Few, the Proud, the Profs

Mark Bauerlein

For an academic field so self-consciously preoccupied with intelligence, the humanities don’t seem to be run very intelligently. Humanities fields now account for only around five percent o......

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December 14, 2020

Eva Brann’s Dialogue

Elizabeth C'de Baca Eastman

One of the great liberal educators of our time and a National Humanities Medal recipient, Eva Brann is a tireless scholar and mentor whose work “stands out because it draws on the foundation tha......

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October 4, 2018

Shedding Humanity, Shredding the Humanities

Anthony Esolen

An incident with a student provides the occasion for Anthony Esolen’s exposition of how identity politics has made humanities education nearly impossible and the “very notion of a common g......

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August 11, 2014

Acknowledging Things of Darkness: Postcolonial Criticism of The Tempest

Duke Pesta

In the Fall 2014 issue of Academic Questions, Duke Pesta, associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, writes on the limitations of postcolional criticism.

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June 24, 2013

Humanists in High Dudgeon: The CFR-ALSCW Standoff

John Agresto

It's time to remember that the liberal arts "are not simply of personal benefit or esoteric private enjoyment but are and have always been of inestimable value to society."

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