Students march at South Africa’s Stellenbosch University in 2015. They were seeking a legal right to be taught in English rather than Afrikaans.
Next year South Africa’s Stellenbosch University will celebrate its centenary. A recent conference to discuss the anniversary has reminded everyone present that knowledge is a fickle mistress.
It is easy to see the benefits from the advances we have made in physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science and the life sciences. Without these impressive leaps in understanding, we would not have…
Hungry children stretch out their hands at a Somalian refugee camp in 2011.
Talking about food is a productive way to understand a complex world. The dinner table is a place where the shame of poverty is most acutely experienced.
Professor Peter Higgs, joint winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics.
The unavoidable regime of publication pervades contemporary academic life across the world. While presented as a virtuous thing, it can actually suffocate the academic profession.
What will Trump’s higher ed plan mean for students?
What will a Trump presidency mean for America's 6,000 colleges and universities, as well as its over 20 million postsecondary students?
Is a fact-bound science curriculum enough to become a good scientist?
A scientist explains how a liberal arts education made 'subtle yet significant contributions' to his understanding of what science is, how it’s done, and how advancements are made.
Children’s learning improves across all areas when they get the chance to make and appreciate art.
Art education is an important vehicle for all sorts of learning and knowledge acquisition. Teachers must be taught not to view it as a "second class" subject.
What constitutes liberal arts?
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It is those who know how to think nimbly, creatively and responsibly that end up building extraordinary careers.
There is beauty in mathematical ideas and proofs.
Poetry is at the heart of technology. Did not Pythagoras find the connections between beautiful music and mathematics?
A team of scholars are working to connect disciplines.
Separation of disciplines in academia hurts our ability to innovate and solve big problems.
Other windows onto the world are available.
Far from replacing the humanities, business education can embody liberal education in the universities of the future.
Detractors argue that decolonising the curriculum to include writers like Steve Biko (who was much admired by former president Nelson Mandela) will lower standards.
Evidence from an 18-month-old research project suggests that making elements of the Humanities curriculum more Afro-centric boosts student engagement.
Weighed down by history.
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Universities should drop the archaic idea of fixed terms and holidays in an effort to be more socially inclusive.
Art as labor.
Courtesy of the Fine Arts Collection, U.S. General Services Administration; WPA, Federal Art Project, 1935-1943
Why do we need the humanities? A scholar of arts revisits a moment in the 1930s to emphasize the importance of creative work and its value in our education.
It might become a great engineer, but will unlikely be a very good social worker.
More STEM education isn't a bad thing, but if we want to safeguard our jobs from being taken by machines, we need more emphasis on the humanities.
Forget the doom and gloom about the humanities: employment and research in the sector continues to rise.
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There's plenty of hand-wringing about the humanities being in crisis – but is that actually the case? In Australia, the sector is thriving, and policy should be made on that basis.
Nourishment from letters
Four former university presidents speak up for the liberal arts.
A 1893 self-portrait of the French artist Paul Gauguin (1848-1903).
Artist Paul Gauguin is perhaps most famous for his colorful paintings of Tahitian life. But for years, art historians puzzled over his lesser-known prints: how did he form, layer and transfer images from one medium to another?
Former US Poet Laureate Philip Levine (1928-2015) was down to earth and humble. But he spared no rage towards those he deemed selfish and narcissistic.
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Kate Daniels, the director of Vanderbilt's creative writing program, recalls the life and work of her mentor, a man "devoted...to creating gritty and empathetic portraits of American blue collar workers."
A truly deep thinker must draw on both science and the humanities.
The evolution of science and engineering in the 21st century has transformed the role of these professions in profound ways that affect research, scholarship and the practice of teaching in the university…