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Pauline Yu, president of the American Council of Learned Societies, addresses the frequently asked question of how the study of the humanities, including the arts, benefits America and its students. Yu is no stranger to the state of the arts and humanities. A scholar of East Asian languages and cultures, she served as Dean of Humanities in the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Los Angeles from 1994 to 2003.
Authors Jonathan Lethem and Kim Stanley Robinson engage in a thoughtful conversation on the literary imagination with visual artist and computer scientist Sheldon Brown. This event marks the opening of the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UC San Diego.
Host Harry Kreisler welcomes William Cronon, Research Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, for a discussion of the challenges of historical scholarship. Reflecting on his formative experiences, Cronon, a former President of the American Historical Association, discusses the influence of his parents, his education, and the culture and environment of Wisconsin. He analyzes the essential features of a liberal arts education, the importance of storytelling in history, the implications of the digital revolution for research and teaching, and the contribution of environmental history to the environmental movement. He concludes with advice to students as they prepare for the future.