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Scholarship in the Humanities

2006–Present

This project supports scholarship and research into the history, evolution, state, and meaning of the humanities. The project explores such questions as: What role do the humanities play in American life? How have the humanities evolved over time? How should the humanities be defined in the twenty-first century? What can the humanities teach us about life, meaning, and the human condition?

The Academy has produced several publications on these questions.

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On the American Narrative
Winter/2012

MIT Press, 2012
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On Being Human
Summer/2009

MIT Press, 2009
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Reflecting on the Humanities
Winter/2009

MIT Press, 2009
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On the Humanities
Spring/2006

MIT Press, 2006
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The Humanities and the Dynamics of Inclusion Since World War II
John Hopkins University Press, 2006

David A. Hollinger, editor
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Tracking Changes in the Humanities
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2005

James C. Hearn, Alexander V. Gorbunov, Donald C. Summers, Edward P. St. John, Ontario S. Wooden, Patricia J. Gumport and John D. Jennings, authors
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Foundation Funding for the Humanities: An Overview of Current and Historical Trends - A Foundation Center Report commissioned by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
The Foundation Center, 2004

Loren Renz and Steven Lawrence, authors
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Making the Humanities Count: The Importance of Data
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2002

Robert M. Solow, Phyllis Franklin, Calvin C. Jones, John D’Arms and Francis Oakley, authors
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Highlighted Activities

A national conference, titled "The Humanities in a Civil Society," was held on March 9, 2009, in Washington, D.C. The panelists spoke about the importance of the humanities to the nation's intellectual and civic life. Speakers included Edward L. Ayers, President, University of Richmond; Don Michael Randel, President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; David Souter, Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court; and Patricia Q. Stonesifer, Chairwoman, Smithsonian Institution.

Watch the panel discussion on C-SPAN.

Featured Publication

“On the American Narrative," a special issue of Dædalus, edited by Denis Donoghue (MIT Press, 2012), explores the themes that define the American essence and its foundational mythologies.

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