With additional cuts across the board a near certainty even as millions of federal stimulus dollars are funneled to education, the humanities are under greater pressure than ever to justify their existence to administrators, policy makers, students, and parents, reports the New York Times. In this era of lengthening unemployment lines and shrinking university endowments, questions about the importance of the humanities in a complex and technologically demanding world have taken on new urgency. Previous economic downturns have often led to decreased enrollment in the humanities disciplines, and many in the field worry that in this current crisis, those areas...

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