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Many hunger for humanities education

AS ONE concerned with the perceived decline of the humanities, I applaud the way Carlo Rotella cuts to the chase (“Humanities: The practical degree,” Op-Ed, June 21). Rotella has articulated an argument both current and timeless in its appeal. The humanities show us a way of thinking that leads not only to personal fulfillment, but also to higher level employment, where analytical and expressive skills are valued. In this era of emphasis on finding good jobs for everyone, it is important to appreciate the economic benefits of exposure to the humanities.

Mass Humanities supports programming to bring humanities scholarship to the public in engaging and digestible ways, ranging from literary discussion groups in hospitals, to philosophy classes held at human service agencies, to interactive historical dramas performed in high school auditoriums. We share Rotella’s observation that there is a hunger among students for humanities-based conversations. We work to satisfy that hunger so that citizens of the Commonwealth are better equipped to lead satisfying careers and engage with our democracy.

John Sieracki

Interim executive director,
Mass Humanities

Northampton

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