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CAMBRIDGE, MA | JUNE 19, 2014 – One year following the release
of its seminal report and film The
Heart of the Matter, the
American Academy of Arts & Sciences today rolls out three new research
tools to help better integrate information on the humanities into the national conversation.
In the year since the release of The Heart of the Matter, the American
Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences has been involved in
events across the country with colleges and universities, local and state humanities
councils, libraries, and historical societies, all aimed at promoting the value
of the humanities and social sciences. Consistent at each venue, were requests for
more readily accessible data.
“If we want this national conversation to continue and be productive, reliable,
recent data are needed by journalists, scholars, opinion leaders and lawmakers,”
said Don Randel, Chairman of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences Board of Directors.
“People can now find what they need on the website, in this latest funding report,
and in ongoing discussions through the Data Forum.
“Over the past five years, the Humanities Indicators Project has helped to change
the conversation about the humanities disciplines, from one based in anecdote to
one based in data and fact,” said Don Randel, Chairman of the American Academy of
Arts & Sciences Board of Directors. “This change has been immensely helpful to scholars
and policymakers. The new website, publication, and online forum are necessary next
steps in the evolution of the project, as we now try to engage a broader public
in matters of vital importance to our nation.”
As stated in the opening lines of The Heart of the Matter, “The humanities
remind us where we have been and help us envision where we are going.” The tools
unveiled today by The American Academy of Arts & Sciences will prove invaluable
in documenting trends, identifying needs, and weighing opinions moving forward.
The Academy gratefully acknowledges the financial support of The Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation, primary funder of the Humanities Indicators, as well as the National
Endowment for the Humanities.
The American Academy
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a steadfast supporter of the humanities and arts
in this country, provided primary funding for the Commission on the Humanities and
Social Sciences. Carnegie Coporation of New York also provided important funding.
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