The president of the State University of New York at Albany has decided to terminate the university’s programs in French, Russian, Italian, classics, and theater. Although he blames the state legislature for providing inadequate funding, it looks to me as if the president himself is not doing a very good job of making intelligent budgeting priority decisions.
In response to SUNY’s action, Gregory Petsko defends the value of the traditional humanities.
John Ellis, on the other hand, argues that most universities have already dismantled traditional humanities programs in favor of a mishmash of courses driven by political radicalism, and that “defend the humanities” is hence a false flag under which to sail.
(Petsko link via Cold Spring Shops)