The Humanities: R.I.P.? – Huntington Lecture Series – Thu., Nov. 14 at Newton North High School

There has been much made in the past year of the “death of the humanities” in higher education. The way the narrative goes, students are fleeing fields like English and History for the harder sciences and the clearer paths to employment they provide. The situation is so dire that Harvard University had an entire task force study the issue at their college, and the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences testified to Congress in an attempt to make a case for the study of humanities in an increasingly scientific and data driven world.

This lecture will be look more closely at some of the research (including the Harvard and Congressional reports) that has been done on this matter and will seek to answer why this shift in academia has occurred, and what, if anything, can be done about it. In conclusion, the speaker will offer his own appeal for the Humanities as fundamental to our system of higher education.

Noah Van Niel is a 2004 graduate of Newton North High School. He went on to Harvard University where he proudly earned a B.A. in English Literature and Language with a citation in Italian. He is currently getting his Masters of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School and pursuing ordination to the Priesthood in the Episcopal Church.

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 7:00 to 8:00PM, Film Lecture Hall, Newton North High School. Light refreshments will be served. R.S.V.P. Jeanne White, 617 969-6734, or email: