Want to Assess the Importance and Value of a Humanities Education? Ask your Students

The humanities, it is constantly said, are in free fall and notable only for their dramatic decline and the unremitting “crisis” confronting them. This crisis may be more apparent than real however, as the UMHumanities blog and others have discussed; or if it is real it is because references to this “crisis” have been so … Continue reading Want to Assess the Importance and Value of a Humanities Education? Ask your Students

Star Trek: Discovery is a Darker Star Trek for our Times, but is That a Good Thing?

Friends of the UMIH will know that our TV, film and culture critic is a hopeless Star Trek nerd.  We love him for it.  He has been buzzing about the office for the past week in anticipation of the new series, Star Trek: Discovery.  It is set 10 years before the original 1966 series, and it … Continue reading Star Trek: Discovery is a Darker Star Trek for our Times, but is That a Good Thing?

Archives as Argument by Other Means

As a historian I love archives, and I greatly respect and value the work of archivists. Of course, this is neither remarkable nor very interesting. However, as an intellectual historian who has written institutional history, and who now works in an academically adjacent, administrative position at UMIH, I am struck by the way intellectual history … Continue reading Archives as Argument by Other Means