‘Humanities and social sciences are vital to US competitiveness, says Academy of Arts and Sciences commission’

A group of prominent leaders from business, government and universities has concluded that the humanities and social sciences are crucial to the global competitiveness of the United States.

The Co-chair of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ national Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, Richard Brodhead, is quoted saying: “Education isn’t an either/or affair. Business leaders all recognize the need for communications skills and cross-cultural understanding. Our everyday life as citizens requires a sense of history, of personal values and the social good. A strong infrastructure for the humanities and social sciences – supported through our schools, libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions– is critical to our nation’s health and the quality of our personal and communal life.”

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