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centregcs on 2011-12-12"How prepared are you to teach a course on "corporate" literature? What would
you say to someone who does not recognize the value of a liberal arts education?
How would you argue for the value of reading contemporary fiction—to someone who
aspires to be an accountant? The ongoing challenges facing the humanities are
making these questions more common—and responses to them more significant.
Many believe that the future of the humanities hinges in large part on the
ability of people who share a passion for the liberal arts to be able to
articulate that passion to others. Seeing and hearing people who are fully
committed to their art is often believed the best way of supporting the arts.
The poet who intensely and emphatically reads her poetry reveals her commitment
to her art; the philosopher who cleverly turns every statement into a question
and undermines beliefs demonstrates the perennial and complex nature of
philosophy; the novelist who convinces others to believe in her characters and
care for their well-being shows the power of mimesis."