Revitalizing the Humanities
(Part II)

In Part II Professors James Engell and John Paul Russo joined the Evolutionary Conversation, enriching the inquiry.

James Engell, Jean Paul Russo, Julian Gresser, Roger Malina, Ben Levi, and Bill Moulton


The death of the Humanities is a collective loss for all humankind.

The Humanities return us not only the glory and grandeur of the Past; they find ways express it in uniquely beautiful voices that can bring us profound joy and new understanding, if we will pause to learn and listen.

The Humanities are also our connective tissue that thread siloed domains of knowledge into meaningful coherence.

But we must be open in this early 21st Century to experimenting with adapting our presentation of the Humanities to how today’s explorers choose to learn. Thus the Conversation turned to the oral traditions– of indigenous peoples throughout the world, that were sung over evening fires before the dawn of written history, to Homer and the Icelandic Sagas. The Humanities tell the story of where we have been, what we are, and who we will become. Generations from now will look back with pride or perhaps despair of how we recorded and celebrated our struggles, our yearnings, and our discoveries.

References

Julian Gresser, How the Leopard Changed Its Spots—Evolutionary Values for an Age in Crisis especially chapters and accompanying endnotes on Love, Beauty, Vitality, Wisdom, and Synchronicity

Julian Gresser, The Explorers Mind  3rd Edition (2023)

Laughing Heart—A Field Guide to Exuberant Vitality for All Ages—10 Essential Moves, in particular, Harvesting Creative Genius in Music

Robert Root-Bernstein, Discovering, 1991

Academic perspectives:

James Engell, Humanists All Harvard Magazine January-February 2023

James Engell, “Environment: An Interdisciplinary Anthology” (the Lamar Series in Western History)

Why Doing a PhD is Often a Waste of Time

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