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THE NEW HUMANITIES READER presents 25 challenging and important essays from diverse fields that address current global issues. This cross-disciplinary anthology helps readers attain the analytical skills necessary to become informed citizens. Ideas and research from wide-ranging sources provide opportunities for students to synthesize materials and formulate their own ideas and solutions. The thought-provoking selections engage students and encourage students to make connections for themselves as they think, read, and write about the events that are likely to shape their lives. The Fourth Edition includes nearly 25% new reading selections, which continue to make this text current, globally oriented, interdisciplinary, and probing.
THE NEW HUMANITIES READER "teaches critical thinking by encouraging students to enter the academic dialogue. It is reader-friendly, meeting students on a level they can reach, yet it also challenges them to think beyond ways they've become accustomed to thinking."
THE NEW HUMANITIES READER encourages "authentic, rigorous, and rewarding intellectual inquiry that will help students to develop helpful and relevant dispositions across professional discourse communities."
Richard E. Miller, Executive Director of the Plangere Writing Center, is the author of Writing at the End of the World (Pittsburgh, 2005), As If Learning Mattered: Reforming Higher Education (Cornell, 1998), and co-author, with Kurt Spellmeyer, of The New Humanities Reader (Houghton-Mifflin, Cengage, 3rd edition, 2008), a textbook used in first-year writing courses in high schools, colleges, and universities across the country. Together with Paul D. Hammond, Director of Digital Initiatives in the Rutgers University Writing Program, Professor Miller is developing a revitalized version of the humanities that engages with the sciences and the social sciences to improve the quality of human life by addressing the biggest problems of our time. This multi-faceted, interdisciplinary project includes designing new spaces for learning and performance; developing new curricula which aim to foster creativity and curiosity; and launching collaborative projects that seek to engage the public sphere.
Kurt Spellmeyer is Director of the Writing Program at Rutgers University. He is the author of Buddha at the Apocalypse: Awakening from a Culture of Destruction (2010); Arts of Living: Reinventing the Humanities for the Twenty-first Century (2003); and Common Ground: Dialogue, Understanding, and the Teaching of Composition (1992). He also has written articles on the theory of composition, critical theory of composition, critical theory, and academic institutions.
Thematic Contents. Introduction. Leila Ahmed, On Becoming an Arab. Karen Armstrong, Homo religiosus. Jonathan Boyarin, Waiting for a Jew: Marginal Redemption at the Eight Street Shul. Nicholas Carr, Is Google Making Us Stupid? Susan Faludi, The Naked Citadel. Carolyn Fraser, Rewilding North America. Daniel Gilbert, Immune to Reality. Malcolm Gladwell, The Power of Context: Bernie Goetz and the Rise and Fall of New York City Crime. Steven Johnson, The Myth of the Ant Queen. Christine Kenneally, You Have Gestures. Jon Krakauer, Selections from Into the Wild. Beth Loffreda, Selections from Losing Matt Shepard: Life and Politics in the Aftermath of Anti-Gay Murder. Azar Nafisi, Selections from Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books. Tim O'Brien, How to Tell a True War Story. Juhani Pallasmaa, Selections from The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses. Oliver Sacks, The Mind's Eye: What the Blind See. Charles Siebert, An Elephant Crackup?. Peter Singer and Jim Mason, Meat and Milk Factories. Michael Specter, A Life of Its Own. Martha Stout, When I Woke Up Tuesday Morning, It Was Friday. Deborah Tannen, The Roots of Debate in Education and the Hope of Dialogue. Edward Tenner, Another Look Back, and a Look Ahead. Robert Thurman, Wisdom. Jean Twenge, An Army of One: Me. Janine Wedel, Confidence Men and Their Flex Lives.