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Dædalus Winter 2009 Issue Published: Reflecting on the Humanities


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The American Academy’s quarterly journal, Dædalus, has released its Winter 2009 issue, Reflecting on the Humanities. The issue coincides with publication by the American Academy of the Humanities Indicators, the first comprehensive data set about the humanities in America.

The issue includes the following essays:
  • Patricia Meyer Spacks & Leslie Berlowitz: Reflecting on the humanities
  • Don Michael Randel: The public good: Knowledge as the foundation for a democratic society
  • Richard J. Franke: The power of the humanities
  • Edward L. Ayers: Where the humanities live
  • Francis Oakley: The humanities in liberal arts colleges
  • Gerald Early: The humanities & social change
  • Michael Wood: A world without literature?
  • Caroline W. Bynum: History now
  • Anthony Grafton: Apocalypse in the stacks? The research library in the age of Google
  • James J. O’Donnell: The digital humanities
  • Kay Kaufman Shelemay: Performing the humanities
  • Kathleen Woodward: The future of the humanities – in the present & in public
  • Harriet Zuckerman & Ronald G. Ehrenberg: Recent trends in funding for the humanities

The issue also included a poem by Rosanna Warren, “The Twelfth Day.”

Dædalus was founded in 1955 as the Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and established as a quarterly in 1958. It draws on the intellectual capacity of the American Academy, whose Fellows are among the nation’s most prominent thinkers in the arts, sciences, and the humanities, as well as the full range of professions and public life.

The MIT Press publishes Dædalus for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. To subscribe, order an issue, or learn more about the journal, please visit


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