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STEM needs a Bloom (and that’s the Arts and Humanities)

John Lithgow giving the keynote address for the National Arts and Humanities dinner in 2012.

Actor John Lithgow recently discussed the work of the Commission of the Humanities and Social Sciences (of which he is a member) and gave some thoughtful remarks about the value of the humanities as part of his keynote address at this year’s dinner honoring the fifteen recipients of the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal.  Among his observations were that,

civil discourse, self-knowledge, empathy, the habit of learning, and yes, the capacity for joy, are indeed learned skills and that they can be most effectively taught to young people through the arts and humanities, and I believe most fervently that the health of a democracy absolutely depends on these qualities.

He also criticized STEM–“the very word gives me Continue reading