At risk: The arts and humanities
Journal for the Liberal Arts & Sciences
Oakland City University
School of Arts and Humanities
This paper discusses current threats to the arts and humanities in western education and their supersedence by sciences, in the wake of the 2020 coronavirus sweeping the world and causing human beings, fighting for survival, occasionally to forget their humanity. The article begins with the problem in Australia, while the body of the essay, in three sections, examines scholars’ and educators’ views across the world. The first section discusses research projects and discussions, seeking to overcome threats to the humanities. The middle section scrutinizes attempts to persuade leaders to support the humanities. The third section critiques articles explaining the value of humanities to the public. Despite commentators extolling humanities’ unquestionable strengths, not one acknowledges a weakness that began as a virtue. The final paragraphs attempt to redress this, to enable the Renaissance.