CGHE Seminar 79

Is there an international crisis in the humanities?

  • Tuesday, 22 May 2018 12:30 - 14:00
  • Room 804, UCL Institute of Education
  • Dennis Ahlburg, Trinity University, Texas

Over the last decade, a heated debate has raged in the US and the UK over whether the humanities are in crisis, and, if there is one, what form this crisis takes and what the response should be.

Questioning how there can be such disagreement over a fundamental point, this seminar explores this debate, asking whether the humanities are in crisis after all by objectively evaluating the evidence at hand, and opening the debate up to a global scale by applying the questions to 11 countries from different continents.

The seminar addresses the following questions:

  • What does each country mean by the ‘humanities’?
  • Is there a ‘crisis’ in the humanities in this country?
  • If there is a crisis what form does it take?
  • What are the causes for the crisis?

The seminar will present an overview for all 11 countries but will focus primarily on the US and the UK.

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Dennis Ahlburg

Dennis Ahlburg

Dennis A. Ahlburg is a Distinguished Professor of Economics at Trinity University, Texas, USA. He was President of the University between 2010 and 2014. He has served as a Dean at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Senior Associate Dean and Professor at the University of Minnesota. He was a Visiting Fellow at Magdalen College and Exeter College and is a Visiting Fellow, Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy, New College, University of Oxford. He has published articles on higher education in Economics of Education Review, Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Journal of Human Resources, and the Political Quarterly. His edited volume, The Changing Face of Higher Education, will be published by Routledge in August.

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