Humanities at the Crossroads is a national initiative to better understand the status and future of the academic and public humanities in American life, and to research the variety of ways the humanities have been practiced, transformed, supported, evaluated, and justified over the past 50 years.
Indiana Case Study
As part of that initiative, Indiana Humanities is conducting a case study of Indiana’s humanities “ecosystem.” (The humanities include fields such as history, literature, philosophy and ethics, world languages and cultures, archaeology and comparative religion.) The case study has three phases: research, discussion and dissemination.
Using a survey method, Indiana Humanities (along with leading researchers) will collect data on humanities-related institutions and program opportunities in Indiana, how they are connected to one another, and how people in Indiana participate in the humanities. The goal is to “map” the network of relationships among the various public and academic humanities sectors and between the humanities enterprise and the broader community.
After gathering the research, we will convene Indiana stakeholders from all parts of the “map” for discussions about the structure, condition and contributions of the humanities within our state.
The final step will be dissemination. Indiana Humanities will share the results of the project with a statewide and national audience and encourage discussion about the Indiana Case Study as it relates to humanities work on a national level and as a model for other state humanities councils.
Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk.