It isn't enough to say we "need" the humanities because we ARE the humanities. They are gifts to us from our predecessors, ancestors, and contemporaries. They represent the imagination, [the] innovative, and ask us to think deeply—as the greatest philosophers and artists have always asked us for the last 2,500 years—about our experience, and to think beyond the various intellectually lazy forms of ideology circulating in America today.
MacArthur Fellow and National Book Award winner (Middle Passage)
- Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Founding Director, The Center for Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights, Claremont McKenna College
Current and Past Civic Involvement:
- Federation of State Humanities Councils
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- California Council for the Humanities
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