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ERIC Number: EJ1067788
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1474-0222
"A Step Away from Complacent Knowing": Reinvigorating Democracy through the Humanities
Musil, Caryn McTighe
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v14 n3 p239-259 Jul 2015
"A step away from complacent knowing" argues that the humanities have long been understood as enhancing civic life and human intellectual and moral development. At moments when democratic societies seem at risk, however, such as the birth of the new US Republic, the aftermath of World War II, and in the face of an anemic twenty-first-century American democracy, the humanities have been deployed with special urgency to cultivate democratic values and practices. The 2012 report, "A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy's Future," underscores how central the humanities are in such a stratified, diverse, and globally linked world. The report both cited and launched a vibrant creativity within the academy. Civically enriched, student-centered humanities designs illuminate a path for reinvigorating democracy while also rejuvenating the humanities themselves.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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