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Robert D. Newman, “Saving the Humanities and Ben Franklin’s Ass”

How should humanities institutions and practitioners respond to ongoing challenges to their value and significance?

In this opinion piece for Inside Higher Ed, Robert D. Newman revisits a fable from Benjamin Franklin’s “Apology to Printers” to argue that humanists should be wary of responding defensively to critics lest we see “a continued dwindling of the imaginative, interrogative and empathetic impulses core to the humanities.”

Benjamin Franklin