Kenton has brought to my attention Stanley Fish’s New York Times blog Think Again. You definitely want to check this out.
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So I’m a bit of a political junkie, particularly during the primary season. My partner has threatened to put a bullet through our television if I don’t stop watching CNN’s (fairly inane) coverage.But as things (the stakes, the rhetoric, the competition in general) heat up, I wonder what role we in the arts and humanities play in politics. I’m not really talking about our voting habits but rather how our disciplines can and do contribute to political dialog.The division between BSOS and ARHU is a fairly permeable one, I think, but for arguments sake, let’s focus solely on the disciplines that are firmly on “our” side of the fence. I think perhaps our most significant contribution is our sense of history…our ability to trace the history of political arguments and contextualize them. Our own Prof. Marilee Lindemann’s dog Roxie shows how this is done in this post on race and gender in the presidential race. Whether you agree with Roxie or not, she brings an ARHU perspective to the debate. Our understanding of language is also important. I’ve taken and highly recommend Prof. Linda Coleman’s course ENGL489P on language and politics.So, I’m wondering do you think your experiences in ARHU contribute to your understanding of politics? How? Are you interested in politics, and does your interest or lack thereof reflect your disciplinary affiliations?