Continuing the National Dialogue on the Humanities
Maryland Humanities continues to join the call for a renewed commitment to the humanities outlined by the 2013 national report, The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for a Vibrant, Competitive, and Secure Nation. The report was commissioned by a bipartisan group of legislators – Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), and Rep. David Price (D-NC) – and prepared by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAAS) Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences.
The report argues that reinvigorating the humanities is essential to achieving three vital national goals:
- Educating Americans in the knowledge, skills, and understanding they will need to thrive in a twenty-first-century democracy.
- Fostering a society that is innovative, competitive, and strong.
- Equipping the nation for leadership in an interconnected world.
The humanities promote these goals by cultivating critical reasoning, empathy, creativity, curiosity, flexibility, and knowledge of history, civics, languages, and other cultures, among others.
Actor John Lithgow discusses The Heart of the Matter and the importance of the humanities.A 2013-2014 lecture about his new storytelling project and the importance of the arts and humanities.