WSJ Letter to the Editor by Esther Mackintosh

May 3, 2019
Letter to the Editor Responding to Adam Kirsch’s “Stop Worrying About the Humanities” Published April 26, 2019
Letter to the Editor published May 3, 2019
As the president of the Federation of State Humanities Councils, I can attest to the hunger for the content and approaches of the humanities that is so evident in communities throughout the country. Through the state humanities councils, which receive core funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the humanities live not just on university campuses but also in local libraries, town halls, veterans’ hospitals, museums, bars and prisons, around campfires, and under outdoor Chautauqua tents—all places where councils hold programs that help people make sense of their lives, have civil conversations, understand the perspectives of others and define and address the challenges facing their communities. Humanities offerings in higher education may evolve in a way that will make them ascendant again, but the state humanities councils both confirm and ensure that the humanities flame is burning brightly in the public sphere.
Esther Mackintosh, Ph.D.
President, Federation of State Humanities Councils
Arlington, Va.

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