THE HUMANITIES -
What are they and why are they important?
“We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.What will your verse be?”
Choose ONE of the articles below to dive deeper into your exploration of WHAT the Humanities are and WHY they are important.
Below are links to three organizations that work to support the Arts and Humanities. Choose one of the organizations to look even further at WHAT the Humanities are and WHY they are important.
Click on the image to the right to visit the Stanford Humanities Center.