Blow Up The Humanities with Toby Miller
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These files for the NITLE seminar of 11/14/12.

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  • 1. Between 1970-71 and 2003-04, English majors declined from 7.6 to 3.9percent of the national total, other languages and literatures dropped from2.5 to 1.3 percent, philosophy and religious studies from 0.9 to 0.7 percent,and history from 18.5 to 10.7 percent.
  • 2. 300,000250,000200,000 Social sciences and history ........................................150,000 Philosophy and religious studies .................................. Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics ......................... English language and literature/letters100,000 ....................... 50,000 0
  • 3. In the same period, business enrollments increased by 176percent, and communication studies shot up 616 percent.
  • 4. 400,000350,000300,000 Business250,000 ........................................................... Communication, journalism, and related programs ..............................................200,000 English language and literature/letters ....................... Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics150,000 ......................... Philosophy and religious studies .................................. Social sciences and history100,000 ........................................ 50,000 0
  • 5. 400,000350,000300,000 Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies ...................................250,000 Business ........................................................... Communication, journalism, and related programs ..............................................200,000 English language and literature/letters ....................... Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics150,000 ......................... Liberal arts and sciences, general studies, and humanities .............................................100,000 Multi/interdisciplinary studies ................................ Philosophy and religious studies .................................. 50,000 Social sciences and history ........................................ 0
  • 6. Barack Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address called forincreased expenditure on research, education, and teachersof mathematics and science.He did not mention the humanities.
  • 7. The Republican Party has announcedits desire to exterminate the NationalEndowment for the Humanities.
  • 8. The 2009 American Recovery andReinvestment ActThe National Science Foundationreceived US$3 billion for research.The National Endowment for the Artsreceived $50 million.It provided not a cent to humanitiesresearch;Unless you count the $14billion allocated for food stamps –which increasingly supplement theincome of low-paid humanitiesadjuncts.
  • 9. Compared with other fields, tenure-track hiring in language and literatureoccurs at two-thirds the national average. In 2009, just 53 percent of humanitiesfaculty was in full-time employment, and an even smaller proportion intenurable positions.
  • 10. In 2003, health academics were paid an average of $6,000 more than in1987, during which time the humanities average declined by a thousand dollars;in 2005-06, a business academic cost twice as much as a humanitiesone, compared to one and a half times as much twenty years earlier.