Humanities 21 believes that the skills acquired through studying history, literature and philosophy are useful and applicable in a wide range of careers and industries.
Sourcing and identifying relevant information, thinking critically and writing persuasively are just some of those skills and they are ever more relevant in our fast-paced, globalised society. Equally important are the social awareness, ability to empathise and lessons from the past that are instilled in humanities students.
The humanities unlock a special kind of knowledge and create a special kind of thinker, helping people to fulfill their potential and lead flourishing lives. Now, more than ever, the world needs these kinds of people.
Humanities 21 aims to help the Humanities receive a better hearing from students, educators, businesses, employers, philanthropists and the general public, based on a greater recognition of its contribution to society.
We seek to increase awareness and recognition of the benefits the humanities bring to all aspects of contemporary life, especially business. We proudly promote humanities events and resources to the general community, and demonstrate the benefits of hiring graduates with humanities qualifications, and of exposing staff to humanities-based professional development.
In 2016, we are expanding our student advocacy, by running a conference for high-school students on the benefits of humanities study and the pathways for Arts graduates, and developing campaigns to educate younger students on their career options; running a series of thought-provoking talks on literary, historical and philosophical topics; and producing the inaugural Melbourne Festival of Homer, which will take place in November.
Our long-term goals are to improve the accessibility of the humanities to a wider audience, through public programs and events; to stop the funding cuts that continue to derail humanities programs in universities and schools; and to educate the professional and broader community on the benefits of a humanities education.
Your support will help us champion the benefits of a humanities education. Donations directly fund our advocacy activities and initiatives.