Patricia Cohen, In Tough Times, the Humanities Must Justify Their Worth, New York Times, Feb. 25, 2009, C1.
Liberal arts education is to develop critical thinking, civic and historical knowledge and ethical reasoning for the purpose of personal growth and participation in a free democracy. The current economic downturn has led to questions of the importance of humanities in an increasingly complex and technologically demanding world. The humanities are under pressure to justify how students can put those abilities effectively to use in the workplace. In March of 2009 a conference will be held to discuss this issue due to the interest on the national level in higher education. However, the idea has not caught on among professors and department heads.