Paul Karloff, Chief Communication Officer of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has written to call our attention to some very important humanities-related resources on the Academy’s website. Here they are with some brief descriptions provided by Mr. Karloff. We encourage you to use these resources and to follow the work of the commission.
The first is the Humanities Indicators site, the most comprehensive collection of empirical data about the humanities in the United States. It provides the academic community,
Policymakers, and the public at large with an online source of statistical data about the state of the humanities, from primary to higher education to public humanities activities. The information is compiled and continually updated by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The second link is to another American Academy initiative, the National Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. The goal of the Commission is to claim a space in the national dialogue for the humanities and the social sciences and to recommend specific steps that government, schools and universities, cultural institutions, businesses, and philanthropies can take to support and strengthen these areas of knowledge.
The American Academy formed the Commission at the request of members of Congress. Commission members are focusing on education at the K-12 and higher education levels, as well as on other institutions critical to humanities and social sciences such as libraries and cultural institutions. Please note that you can register on this site to receive regular updates on the Commission’s work.