Leon Wieseltier

The declining prestige of the humanities in the United States really is nothing less than a cultural crisis.

Leon Wieseltier Contributing Editor, The Atlantic; Berlin Senior Fellow in Culture and...
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Humanities in Decline: A Cultural Crisis

Humanities in Decline: A Cultural Crisis

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Is America turning its back on the humanities? The declining enrollment in disciplines including history, literature, language, philosophy and the arts, at colleges and universities across the country, signals a significant cultural shift. In this episode, Leon Wieseltier, contributing editor for The Atlantic, and Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust unpack why the diminished appeal of the humanities has huge cultural implications. Can this trend be reversed in a challenging age, when technology and quantification are highly revered?


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